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Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011

Section 72 – Child in place of safety: Principal Reporter’s powers

97.This section deals with the situation where the police make a referral to the Principal Reporter when a child is detained in police custody and where it has been decided that criminal proceedings are not going to be taken. Subsection (2) makes provision for the reporter to direct the release of the child from police custody or to direct that the child continues to be detained until the Children’s Hearing for the child.

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