(1) The Secretary may give an oral pre-sentence report in respect of a young offender if—
(a) the court is satisfied that it is not reasonably practicable for a pre‑sentence report to be prepared due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic; and
(b) subject to subsection (2), a previous pre‑sentence report has been prepared in respect of the young offender during the 6 month period before the day on which the court proposes to order an oral pre-sentence report; and
(c) the young offender consents to the giving and consideration of an oral pre‑sentence report instead of a pre‑sentence report; and
(d) the Secretary consents to the giving and consideration of an oral pre-sentence report instead of a pre-sentence report; and
(e) the court is satisfied that it is in the interests of justice to consider an oral pre-sentence report instead of a pre‑sentence report in passing sentence on the young offender.
(2) Subsection (1)(b) does not apply to a person who is of or over the age of 20 years and 6 months on the day on which the court proposes to order an oral pre-sentence report.
S. 177 inserted by No. 11/2020 s. 42.