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Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Act 2007

Chapter 1 .Introductory
Section 3 - Application of Part 2

25.Other than a life prisoner, this Part only applies to a sentence imposed on a person for an offence committed after the coming into force of this Part. Section 54 deals with the application to those imprisoned other than following conviction of an offence.

Section 4 - Basic Definitions

26.This section provides definitions of various terms used in the Act.

27.Subsection (2) gives Scottish Ministers the power to amend, by order, the definitions of “custody and community sentence” and “custody-only sentence” by substituting a different period for the period mentioned (which is 15 days).

28.Subsections (3) and (4) provide that:

  • release on community licence is a reference to the release on licence of a custody and community prisoner; and

  • release on life licence is a reference to the release on licence of a life prisoner.

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