Sexual Offences (Procedure and Evidence) (Scotland) Act 2002

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Sexual Offences (Procedure and Evidence) (Scotland) Act 2002

2002 asp 9

The Bill for this Act of the Scottish Parliament was passed by the Parliament on 6th March 2002 and received Royal Assent on 11th April 2002

An Act of the Scottish Parliament to prohibit persons charged with certain sexual offences from conducting their own defence at the trial; to provide for the appointment of solicitors to defend those persons where they do not make those appointments themselves; to prevent those persons from personally precognoscing or taking statements from alleged victims; to require those persons to give notice of defences of consent; to make new provision about the admissibility of certain evidence bearing on the character, conduct or condition of alleged victims at trials of those persons for those offences; to provide for disclosure of those persons’ previous convictions of sexual offences where such evidence is allowed; and for connected purposes.