Ministry of Justice

Extreme pornography offence - further information note

Date: 10 November 2008

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Leaflet providing a general introduction to the new offence of the possession of extreme pornographic images.


The Criminal Justice and immigration Act 2008 introduces a new offence, in England, Wales and Northern Ireland of the possession of extreme pornographic images. The new offence will come into force on 26 January 2009.

This leaflet is intended to provide a general introduction to the new offence. It is aimed at those who are interested in this type of material and who wish to consider whether they should dispose of it before the Act comes into effect.