“The legislation will also equalise with the rest of the UK..”

The NI Criminal Justice Minister, Paul Goggins, MP, has announced proposed legislation for a “complete reform of the law on sexual offences in Northern Ireland which will achieve parity with the rest of the UK.” And, with policing and justice not a devolved matter, the legislation is in the form of a Sexual Offences (NI) Order 2007 [pdf file] – explanatory memorandum here [pdf file]. The BBC report picks out some examples of the proposed reforms.