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5. Civil and criminal penalties

As Registrar, I have a range of civil and criminal penalties available to me, and I reserve the right to use them in the event that I judge circumstances require it. However, it is my intention to continue the approach I have taken so far, which is to engage with and provide help and support, to registrants and potential registrants, and to provide information and communications which enable them to understand their responsibilities under the legislation. At a later stage of development of the Register, I may wish to consult further about the imposition of penalties, in the light of my experience of operating the guidance I have issued so far.