Criminal Justice Act 2007


32.— (1) The Minister may make regulations providing for the administration of cautions by members of the Garda Síochána to persons in relation to offences.

(2) The regulations may include provision for—

(a) the form of caution to be administered to a person—

(i) at any time before the person is charged with an offence, on being questioned by a member of the Garda Síochána in relation to the offence,

(ii) when the person is being charged with an offence or informed by a member of the Garda Síochána that he or she might be prosecuted for it, or

(iii) in any other circumstances in which a caution is required, and

(b) the procedures that are to apply in circumstances where a person to whom a caution has been administered is to have the caution withdrawn and a different caution administered to him or her.

(3) Regulations under this section may provide for different forms of caution to be administered to a person in different circumstances and in different classes of cases.

(4) A failure on the part of any member of the Garda Síochána to observe any provision of the regulations shall not of itself render that member liable to any criminal or civil proceedings or of itself affect the admissibility in evidence of anything said by, or the silence of, a person to whom subsection (2)(a) applies.

(5) Regulations under this section may contain such incidental, supplementary and consequential provisions as appear to the Minister to be necessary or expedient for the purposes of the regulations.

(6) Every regulation made under this section shall be laid before each House of the Oireachtas as soon as may be after it is made and, if a resolution annulling the regulation is passed by either such House within the next 21 days on which that House has sat after the regulation is laid before it, the regulation shall be annulled accordingly, but without prejudice to the validity of anything previously done thereunder.