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Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016

Section 57 – Cremation register

150.Section 57 requires each cremation authority to prepare and maintain a register for each crematorium it operates. The register will be known as the cremation register. The section sets out the requirements for the register.

151.Subsection (2) allows the Scottish Ministers to make regulations to set out the form of the cremation register and how it must be kept, as well as other provisions.

152.The cremation register is to be a public document, and subsection (4) sets out that a cremation authority must provide access to the register, and may impose a reasonable charge for doing so. The cremation authority may make arrangements to supply copies of entries in the register to members of the public on request for a reasonable charge. Subsection (6) provides that any extract from the register certified as a true copy by the cremation authority is sufficient evidence of the cremation for the purpose of any court proceedings.

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