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Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Act 2019

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55Procedure following authorisation of questioning under section 54

(1)This section applies where the questioning of a child is authorised by section 54.

(2)The constable authorised under section 54 to question the child must inform the child—

(a)that the questioning of the child has been authorised under section 54, and

(b)that the child has the right not to answer questions.

(3)A constable must, in so far as practicable, inform a parent of the child about the authorisation under section 54.

(4)Subsection (3) need not be complied with if the constable reasonably suspects that informing a parent of the child would exacerbate the risk of loss of life.

(5)A constable must inform a child interview rights practitioner about the authorisation under section 54.

(6)A constable must, as soon as reasonably practicable after authorisation is granted under section 54, apply for a child interview order authorising an investigative interview of the child in relation to the behaviour mentioned in section 54(1).

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