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Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Act 2016

Section 31 – Interim orders

147.Section 31 allows the chief constable to apply for an interim SRO where an application has been made for a full order.

148.Subsection (1) gives power to a sheriff to make an interim SRO while the main application under section 27 is being determined.

149.Subsection (2) provides that the sheriff may make such an order if the sheriff considers that there is a prima facie case that the person has done an act of a sexual nature that is being relied upon in relation to a connected application for a (full) SRO under section 27(2), and that it is just.

150.Subsection (4) provides that the prohibitions or requirements contained in an interim SRO will apply throughout the United Kingdom (unless expressly confined to particular localities). The prohibitions or requirements will have effect for a fixed period (subsection (5)). Different periods may be applied to different prohibitions and requirements (subsection (6)).

151.Subsection (7) makes procedural provision for an interim SRO application to be made at the same time as an application for a full SRO, or separately in accordance with rules of court.

152.Subsection (8) provides that an interim SRO will cease to have effect on the determination of the related application for a SRO under section 27 or earlier, if all prohibitions or requirements cease to have effect.

153.Subsections (9) and (10) allow for variation, renewal or discharge of interim SROs by application to a sheriff in the sheriffdom of the sheriff who dealt with the main application for a full SRO under section 27. Such an application may be made by the person in respect of whom the order was made or the chief constable.

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