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Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Act 2002

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All reference to 'Parts' and 'sections' are from the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Act 2002. For other versions of these Explanatory Notes, see More Resources.

  1. Introduction

  2. Background

  3. The Act

  4. Commentary on Sections

    1. The Scottish Public Services Ombudsman

      1. Section 1 and schedule 1 – The Scottish Public Services Ombudsman

    2. Investigations by the Ombudsman

      1. Section 2 – Power of investigation

      2. Section 3 and schedule 2 – Persons liable to investigation

      3. Section 4 – Persons liable to investigation: supplementary

      4. Section 5 – Matters which may be investigated

      5. Section 6 and schedule 3 – Application of section 5 to certain tribunals

      6. Section 7 – Matters which may be investigated: restrictions

      7. Section 8 and schedule 4 – Excluded matters

      8. Section 9 – Complaints: who may complain

      9. Section 10 – Complaints: time limits and procedure

      10. Section 11 – Decisions not to investigate

      11. Section 12 – Investigation procedure

      12. Section 13 – Evidence

      13. Section 14 – Obstruction and contempt

      14. Section 15 – Reports on investigations

      15. Section 16 – Special reports

    3. Miscellaneous and general

      1. Section 17 – Annual reports etc.

      2. Section 18 – Protection from actions of defamation

      3. Section 19 – Confidentiality of information

      4. Section 20 – Disclosure of Information by the Ombudsman

      5. Section 21 – Consultation and co-operation with other Commissioners and Ombudsmen

      6. Section 22 – Information about right to make complaint

    4. Supplementary

      1. Section 23 – Interpretation

      2. Section 24 – Orders in Council: general

      3. Section 25 and schedule 6 – Modification of enactments

      4. Section 26 and schedule 7 – Consequential, transitional, transitory and saving provision

      5. Section 27 – Commencement, revocation and short title

  5. Parliamentary History of the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Act 2002

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