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Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Act 2016

Section 44 – Crown application

178.Section 44 provides that none of the provisions made by or under the Act are capable of making the Crown criminally liable. However, the Court of Session may issue a civil declarator of non-compliance in relation to the acts or omissions of Crown, on application by the Scottish Ministers or any other public body or office-holder with responsibility for enforcing a provision in the Act. Subsection (3) provides that the Act applies to persons in the public service of the Crown.

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