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Children (Scotland) Act 1995

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53Provision of information to the Principal Reporter

(1)Where information is received by a local authority which suggests that compulsory measures of supervision may be necessary in respect of a child, they shall—

(a)cause inquiries to be made into the case unless they are satisfied that such inquiries are unnecessary; and

(b)if it appears to them after such inquiries, or after being satisfied that such inquiries are unnecessary, that such measures may be required in respect of the child, give to the Principal Reporter such information about the child as they have been able to discover.

(2)A person, other than a local authority, who has reasonable cause to believe that compulsory measures of supervision may be necessary in respect of a child—

(a)shall, if he is a constable, give to the Principal Reporter such information about the child as he has been able to discover;

(b)in any other case, may give the Principal Reporter that information.

(3)A constable shall make any report required to be made under paragraph (b) of section 17(1) of the [1967 c. 77.] Police (Scotland) Act 1967 (duty to make reports in relation to commission of offences) in relation to a child to the Principal Reporter as well as to the appropriate prosecutor.

(4)Where an application has been made to the sheriff—

(a)by the Principal Reporter in accordance with a direction given by a children’s hearing under section 65(7) or (9) of this Act; or

(b)by any person entitled to make an application under section 84 of this Act,

the Principal Reporter may request any prosecutor to supply him with any evidence lawfully obtained in the course of, and held by the prosecutor in connection with, the investigation of a crime or suspected crime, being evidence which may assist the sheriff in determining the application; and, subject to subsection (5) below, it shall be the duty of the prosecutor to comply with such a request.

(5)A prosecutor may refuse to comply with a request issued under subsection (4) above where he reasonably believes that it is necessary to retain the evidence for the purposes of any proceedings in respect of a crime, whether the proceedings have been commenced or are to be commenced by him.

(6)The Lord Advocate may direct that in any specified case or class of cases any evidence lawfully obtained in the course of an investigation of a crime or suspected crime shall be supplied, without the need for a request under subsection (4) above, to the Principal Reporter.

(7)In subsections (3), (4) and (5) above “crime” and “prosecutor” have the same meanings respectively given by section 462 of the [1975 c. 21.] Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1975.

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