Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse (Amendment) Act 2005


Amendments of Principal Act

Amendment of section 1 (interpretation) of Principal Act.

3.—Section 1(1) of the Principal Act is amended—

(a) in the definition of “abuse”, by inserting in paragraphs (c) and (d), after “results”, “, or could reasonably be expected to result,”,

(b) by inserting the following definition after the definition of “abuse”:

“ ‘admit’, in relation to a document, means—

(a) if the document is an original document, admit that it was written, signed or executed as it purports to have been, and

(b) if the document is a copy of another document, admit that it is a true copy of the other document,

and cognate words shall be construed accordingly;”,

(c) by inserting the following after the definition of “advisor”:

“ ‘authorised officer’ shall be construed in accordance with section 23;”,

(d) by deleting the definition of “inquiry officer”, and

(e) by substituting the following definition for the definition of “serious offence”:

“ ‘serious offence’ means an offence for which a person of full age and capacity and not previously convicted may be punished by imprisonment for a term of one year or by a more severe penalty;”.