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Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Act 2013

Section 38 – Power of sheriff to order release of vessels

122.Section 38 provides a process allowing the owners of a vessel detained under section 36 to apply to a sheriff for an order releasing the vessel from detention. An owner or charterer of a vessel may apply under section 38(2) to a sheriff seeking the release of the vessel from detention. A sheriff may order the release of the vessel if satisfied that any of the grounds given in section 38(4) apply. These are that the continued detention of the vessel is no longer necessary to secure the attendance of the master, owner, or charterer at court, or that there are no grounds for believing that the court would order the vessel to be detained at any court proceedings as envisaged under section 36(1)(b)(ii).

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