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Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Act 2000

Codes of practice

Section 26:  Effect of codes of practice

110.Subsection (1) requires any person to take account of any applicable code of practice issued under sections 24 or 25 while exercising or performing any power or duty under this Act.

111.Subsection (2) explains that a failure to comply with a code of practice issued under sections 24 or 25 will not of itself constitute a criminal offence or give rise to liability in civil proceedings.

112.Subsection (3) allows the evidential use of a code of practice in court.

113.Subsection (4) requires that, where relevant, the statutory bodies described in this subsection must take into account the provisions of a code of practice.

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