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Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Act 2007

Penalties as alternative to prosecution

Section 50: Fixed penalty and compensation offers

275.This section provides considerable changes in procedures relating to existing alternatives to prosecution, and introduces a new alternative to prosecution, to be known as the compensation offer. It makes significant amendments to sections 302 and 303 of the 1995 Act, and introduces a number of new sections to that Act. Sections 302 and 303 deal with conditional offers of a fixed penalty by prosecutors (generally known as “fiscal fines”).

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