Code of practice on the exercise of maritime powers under the Modern Slavery Act 2015

20 July 2016

The Department of Justice has prepared a Code of Practice to be followed by Northern Ireland constables and enforcement officers when arresting a person under the power conferred by paragraph 22(2) in Part 3 of Schedule 2 to the Modern Slavery Act 2015. That paragraph applies if the constable or enforcement officer has reasonable grounds to suspect that an offence under section 1 (slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour) or section 2 (human trafficking) of the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Criminal Justice and Support for Victims) Act (Northern Ireland) 2015 has been, or is being, committed on a ship.

The Code provides guidance on the procedural safeguards for arrested persons, including information to be given on arrest; terms of the caution; detention conditions; and records of arrest. It takes effect on 8 August 2016, the commencement date for sections 35, 36, 37, 39 and Schedule 2 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

The Code was subject to public consultation and a copy has been laid before the Northern Ireland Assembly.