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Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014

Section 7: Reset: abolition of defence

40.This section repeals the defence for wives against the crime of reset. It is a crime to receive goods stolen by another. Subsection (1) abolishes the common law defence to the crime where the person accused of reset is the wife, and the goods were stolen by her husband.

41.Subsection (2) provides that the repeal of the defence to the crime of reset is abolished the day after the provision is brought into force. This means that the repeal will not affect anyone who is relying on the defence prior to this section being commenced.

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