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Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005

Section 83 – Procedure where Licensing Board receives notice of conviction

170.This section sets out the procedure to be followed when a Licensing Board receives notice that a personal licence holder has been convicted of a relevant or foreign offence. It is primarily for the Licensing Board for the area in which the licence holder is working to take action under this section. But if the licence holder is not working in any licensed premises then it will be for the Licensing Board which issued the personal licence to take action.

171.Under this section, the Licensing Board must notify the appropriate chief constable of the conviction. The chief constable must check the conviction and whether it is for a relevant or foreign offence and must reply accordingly within 21 days. Where the conviction is confirmed and it is for a relevant or foreign offence, the chief constable may recommend revocation, suspension or endorsement of the licence.

172.If the chief constable confirms the conviction the Licensing Board must hold a hearing.

173.Subsections (8) and (9) provide a power for Licensing Boards, should they decide to take action against the personal licence holder, to revoke, suspend or endorse the licence.  When making such an order they must give notice of this, and their reasons for making it, to those persons listed in subsection (10)(a) to (c).

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