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The Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 (c. 46) is amended as follows—
(a)in section 144 (procedure at first diet)—
(i)in subsection (1), after “section 145” insert “or 145ZA”,
(ii)in subsection (9), after “section 145” insert “, 145ZA”,
(b)after section 145 insert—
Where the accused is present at the first calling of a case in a summary prosecution the court may, where it makes an assessment order in respect of the accused, adjourn the case under this section for a period not exceeding 28 days without calling on the accused to plead to any charge against him; and the court may so adjourn the case for a further period not exceeding 7 days.”.
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