Section 18 of the Crimes (Serious Sex Offenders) Act 2006 relates to Length of continuing detention orders and is extracted below.
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18 Term of continuing detention order
(1) A continuing detention order:
(a) commences when it is made, or when the offender’s current custody expires, whichever is the later, and
(b) expires at the end of such period (not exceeding 5 years from the day on which it commences) as is specified in the order.
(1A) Despite subsection (1), a continuing detention order made on application under section 14 (2) in respect of a person who is not in custody commences when it is made and expires at the end of such period (not exceeding 5 years from the day on which it commences) as is specified in the order.
(2) An offender’s custody under a continuing detention order is suspended while the offender is in lawful custody under any other Act or law, but that suspension does not affect the expiry date of the order.
(3) Nothing in this section prevents the Supreme Court from making a second or subsequent continuing detention order against the same offender.