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Forced Marriage etc. (Protection and Jurisdiction)(Scotland) Act 2011

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3.The Act makes provision for protecting people from being forced to enter into marriage without their free and full consent and for protecting those who have been forced to enter into marriage without such consent. It also sets out the jurisdiction of the sheriff court in relation to actions for declarator of nullity of marriage.

4.The Act is divided into three parts:

  • Part 1 makes provision for forced marriage protection orders to protect people from being forced to enter into marriage without their free and full consent and for protecting those who have been forced to enter into marriage without such consent (and makes provision for connected purposes, such as the issuing of guidance on matters connected with forced marriage);

  • Part 2 sets out the jurisdiction of the sheriff courts in relation to declarators of nullity of marriage; and

  • Part 3 makes provision in relation to ancillary orders, subordinate legislation, Crown application and commencement.

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