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Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Act 2000

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All reference to 'Parts' and 'sections' are from the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Act 2000. For other versions of these Explanatory Notes, see More Resources.

  1. Introduction

  2. The Act

  3. Commentary on Sections

    1. Surveillance

      1. Section 1:  Conduct to which this Act applies

    2. Surveillance Commissioners

      1. Section 2:  Surveillance Commissioners

      2. Section 3:  Assistant Surveillance Commissioners

      3. Section 4:  Delegation of Commissioner’s functions

    3. Authorisation of surveillance and human intelligence sources

      1. Section 5:  Lawful surveillance etc.

      2. Sections 6, 7 and 8:  Authorisation of directed surveillance;  Authorisation of covert human intelligence sources;  and Persons entitled to grant authorisations under sections 6 and 7

      3. Section 9:  Special provision for the Scottish Crime Squad

      4. Section 10:  Authorisation of intrusive surveillance

      5. Section 11:  Rules for grant of authorisations

      6. Section 12:  Grant of authorisations in cases of emergency

      7. Section 13:  Notification of authorisations for intrusive surveillance

      8. Section 14:  Approval required for authorisations to take effect

      9. Section 15:  Quashing of authorisations etc.

      10. Section 16:  Appeals against decisions by Surveillance Commissioners

      11. Section 17:  Appeals to the Chief Surveillance Commissioner:  supplementary

      12. Section 18: Information to be provided to Surveillance Commissioners

    4. Grant, renewal and duration of authorisations

      1. Section 19:  General rules about grant, renewal and duration

      2. Section 20:  Cancellation of authorisations

    5. Chief Surveillance Commissioner

      1. Section 21:  Functions of Chief Surveillance Commissioner

      2. Section 22:  Co-operation with and reports by Commissioner

    6. Complaints by Aggrieved Persons

      1. Section 23:  Complaints to the Tribunal

    7. Codes of practice

      1. Section 24:  Issue and revision of codes of practice

      2. Section 25:  Interim codes of practice

      3. Section 26:  Effect of codes of practice

    8. Supplementary provisions

      1. Section 27:  Power to extend or modify authorisation provisions

      2. Section 28:  Orders and regulations

      3. Section 29:  Financial provision

      4. Section 30:  General saving for lawful conduct

      5. Section 31:  Interpretation

      6. Section 32:  Short title and commencement

  4. Parliamentary History

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