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Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Act 2019

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59Limitation on taking prints and samples from children aged 12 and over

(1)It is unlawful for a constable to take any relevant physical data or relevant sample from a child of 12 years of age or over for the purposes of investigating an incident of a type mentioned in subsection (2) except—

(a)where authorised to do so—

(i)by an order under section 63, or

(ii)by virtue of section 69, or

(b)where the child consents.

(2)The incident is one—

(a)which occurred when the child was under 12 years of age, and

(b)in relation to which the constable has reasonable grounds to suspect that the child—

(i)by behaving in a violent or dangerous way, has caused or risked causing serious physical harm to another person, or

(ii)by behaving in a sexually violent or sexually coercive way, has caused or risked causing harm (whether physical or not) to another person.

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