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Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages (Scotland) Act 1965

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53 Offences.S

(1)If any person commits any of the following offences, that is to say—

(a)if he knowingly gives to a district registrar [F1or the Registrar General] information which is false in a material particular;

(b)if he falsifies or forges any extract, certificate or declaration issued or made, or purporting to be issued or made, under this Act; or

(c)if he knowingly uses, or gives or sends to any person, as genuine any false or forged extract, certificate or declaration issued or made, or purporting to be issued or made, under this Act,

he shall be liable

(i)on conviction on indictment, to a fine or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years or to both;

(ii)on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding £100 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months or to both.

(2)If any person commits any of the following offences, that is to say—

(a)if he wilfully or negligently destroys, obliterates, erases or injures any entry in any register kept under this Act, or causes or permits the register or any part thereof to be destroyed, obliterated, erased or injured; or

(b)if he knowingly gives to a district registrar, for the purpose of registration in a register, particulars of a birth or of a death which have already been registered in that or any other register,

he shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding [F2level 3 on the standard scale].

(3)If any person commits any of the following offences, that is to say—

(a)if being required by or under this Act to give information concerning any birth or death or any dead body, he wilfully refuses to answer any question put to him by a district registrar relating to the particulars required to be registered concerning the birth or death, or save as provided in this Act, fails to comply with any requirement of a district registrar made thereunder;

(b)if he refuses or fails without reasonable cause to give, deliver or send any certificate which he is required by this Act to give, deliver or send;

(c)if, being a parent, and save as provided in this Act, he fails [F3without reasonable excuse]to give information concerning the birth of his child as required by this Act;

(d)if, being a person upon whom duty to give information concerning a death is imposed by section 23(1) of this Act, he fails to give that information and that information is not given; or

(e)if he passes as genuine any reproduction of an extract F4... if such reproduction has not been authenticated in accordance with section 41(1) of this Act,

he shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding [F5level 1 on the standard scale].

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F3Words in s. 53(3)(c) inserted (1.11.1995) by 1995 c. 36, s. 105(4), Sch. 4 para. 12(4); S.I. 1995/2787, art. 3, Sch.

F5Words substituted by virtue of Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1975 (c. 21, SIF 39:1) ss. 289F, 289G

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