Section 18: Crown application
31.By virtue of section 20(1) of the Interpretation and Legislative Reform (Scotland) Act 2010, the provisions of the Act bind the Crown except in so far as section 18 provides otherwise. Section 18 provides that the Crown cannot be held criminally liable for breaching a forced marriage protection order (or for contravening any provision made by virtue of section 10, such as breaching a forced civil partnership protection order). However, the Court of Session may, on a relevant application, declare unlawful any such breach or contravention by the Crown. Subsection (3) provides that the Crown immunity under subsection (1) does not extend to persons in the public service of the Crown. Subsection (4) provides that nothing in the Act affects Her Majesty in her private capacity.