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Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005

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108Delivery of alcohol by or to a child or young person

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(1)This section applies where alcohol is sold on any relevant premises for consumption off the premises.

(2)Any responsible person who allows the alcohol to be delivered by a child or young person commits an offence.

(3)Any responsible person who—

(a)delivers the alcohol, or

(b)allows it to be delivered,

to a child or young person commits an offence.

(4)Subsections (2) and (3) do not apply to the delivery of the alcohol by or to a child or young person who works on the relevant premises or at the place where the delivery is made in a capacity (whether paid or unpaid) which involves the delivery of alcohol.

(5)It is a defence for a person charged with an offence under subsection (2) or (3)(a) (referred to in this subsection and subsection (6) as “the accused”) to show that—

(a)the accused believed the child or young person to be aged 18 or over, and

(b)either—

(i)the accused had taken reasonable steps to establish the child’s or young person’s age, or

(ii)no reasonable person could have suspected from the child’s or young person’s appearance that the child or young person was aged under 18.

(6)For the purposes of subsection (5)(b)(i), the accused is to be treated as having taken reasonable steps to establish the child’s or young person’s age if and only if—

(a)the accused was shown any of the documents mentioned in subsection (7), and

(b)that document would have convinced a reasonable person.

(7)The documents referred to in subsection (6)(a) are any document bearing to be—

(a)a passport,

(b)a European Union photocard driving licence, or

(c)such other document, or a document of such other description, as may be prescribed.

(8)It is a defence for a person charged with an offence under subsection (3)(b) (“the accused”) to prove that the accused took all reasonable precautions and exercised due diligence not to commit the offence.

(9)A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.

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