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Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020

2020 asp 7

The Bill for this Act of the Scottish Parliament was passed by the Parliament on 1st April 2020 and received Royal Assent on 6th April 2020

An Act of the Scottish Parliament to make provision in connection with coronavirus; and for connected purposes.

PART 1 SMain provisions

Key expressionS

1Meaning of “coronavirus”S

[F1In this Act, “coronavirus” means severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).]

Textual Amendments

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

Eviction from dwelling-housesS

F22Eviction from dwelling-housesS

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Textual Amendments

Protection for debtorsS

F33Temporary extension of moratoriums on diligenceS

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Textual Amendments

F4...S

Textual Amendments

F44Children and vulnerable adultsS

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JusticeS

F55JusticeS

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Textual Amendments

Alcohol licensingS

F66Alcohol licensingS

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Textual Amendments

Public bodiesS

F77Functioning of public bodiesS

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Textual Amendments

Other measures in response to coronavirusS

F88Other measures in response to coronavirusS

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Textual Amendments

PART 2SSupporting provisions

9Advancement of equality and non-discriminationS

[F9(1)]In exercising a function conferred by virtue of Part 1 (including a function of making subordinate legislation), the Scottish Ministers must have [F10regard—

(a)to the importance of communicating in an inclusive way,

(b)]to opportunities to advance equality and non-discrimination.

[F11(2)In subsection (1)(a), “communicating in an inclusive way” means communicating in a way that ensures that individuals who have difficulty communicating (in relation to speech, language or otherwise) can receive information and express themselves in ways that best meet each individual’s needs.]

Textual Amendments

F9S. 9 renumbered as s. 9(1) (temp.) (27.5.2020) by virtue of Coronavirus (Scotland) (No.2) Act 2020 (asp 10), ss. 6(4), 16(1) (which affecting provision is continued (1.10.2022) for specified purposes until 1.4.2023 by S.S.I. 2022/261, regs. 1, 17(1)(a)(2))

F10Words in s. 9(1) substituted (temp.) (27.5.2020) by virtue of Coronavirus (Scotland) (No.2) Act 2020 (asp 10), ss. 6(5), 16(1) (which affecting provision is continued (1.10.2022) for specified purposes until 1.4.2023 by S.S.I. 2022/261, regs. 1, 17(1)(a)(2))

F11S. 9(2) inserted (temp.) (27.5.2020) by virtue of Coronavirus (Scotland) (No.2) Act 2020 (asp 10), ss. 6(6), 16(1) (which affecting provision is continued (1.10.2022) for specified purposes until 1.4.2023 by S.S.I. 2022/261, regs. 1, 17(1)(a)(2))

10Subordinate legislation making powersS

Any power to make subordinate legislation conferred by virtue of Part 1 includes power to make—

(a)incidental, supplementary, consequential, transitional, transitory or saving provision,

(b)different provision for different purposes or areas.

11Power to suspend and revive provisionsS

(1)The Scottish Ministers may by regulations—

(a)suspend the operation of any provision of Part 1,

(b)revive the operation of a provision so suspended.

(2)Sections 15 to 17 of the Interpretation and Legislative Reform (Scotland) Act 2010 apply to the suspension of a provision by regulations under subsection (1)(a) as if the provision had been repealed by an Act.

(3)The powers in subsection (1) may be exercised more than once in relation to the same provision.

(4)Regulations under this section—

(a)may make different provision for different purposes or areas,

(b)may make transitional, transitory or saving provision.

(5)Regulations under this section are subject to the negative procedure.

12ExpiryS

(1)Part 1 expires [F12at the end of [F1330 September 2022]].

(2)Subsection (1) is subject to section 13.

[F14(3)The Scottish Ministers may by regulations amend subsection (1) so as to replace “31 March 2022” with “30 September 2022”.]

(5)Regulations under subsection (3) are subject to the affirmative procedure.

(6)[F15At the same time as] laying a draft Scottish statutory instrument containing regulations under subsection (3) before the Scottish Parliament in accordance with section 29(2) of the Interpretation and Legislative Reform (Scotland) Act 2010, the Scottish Ministers must lay before the Parliament a statement of their reasons why the regulations should be made.

F16(7). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F16(8). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(9)The Scottish Ministers may by regulations make transitional, transitory or saving provision in connection with the expiry under subsection (1) of any provision of this Act.

(10)Regulations under subsection (9)—

(a)may make different provision for different purposes or areas,

(b)are subject to the negative procedure.

13Power to bring forward expiryS

(1)The Scottish Ministers may by regulations provide that any provision of Part 1—

(a)does not expire at the time when it would otherwise expire (whether by virtue of section 12 or previous regulations under this section), and

(b)expires instead at such earlier time as is specified in the regulations.

(2)Regulations under this section—

(a)may make different provision for different purposes or areas,

(b)may make transitional, transitory or saving provision.

(3)Regulations under this section are subject to the negative procedure.

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

14Power to amend Act in consequence of amendments to subordinate legislationS

(1)The Scottish Ministers may by regulations modify any provision of this Act which modifies the effect of a provision of subordinate legislation.

(2)The power in subsection (1) may be exercised only if the modification is necessary in consequence of the modification of the provision of the subordinate legislation by other subordinate legislation.

(3)Regulations under subsection (1) may make transitional, transitory or saving provision.

(4)Regulations under subsection (1) must be laid before the Scottish Parliament as soon as reasonably practicable after they have been made.

(5)Regulations under subsection (1) cease to have effect at the end of the period of 28 days beginning with the day on which they are made unless, during that period, they are approved by resolution of the Scottish Parliament.

(6)In calculating the period of 28 days for the purpose of subsection (5), no account is to be taken of any period during which the Scottish Parliament is—

(a)in recess for more than 4 days, or

(b)dissolved.

(7)If regulations cease to have effect as a result of subsection (5), that does not—

(a)affect the validity of anything previously done under them, or

(b)prevent the making of new regulations.

15Reports by the Scottish Ministers on status of provisionsS

(1)The Scottish Ministers must, in respect of each reporting period—

(a)undertake a review of the operation of the provisions of Part 1 with a view to considering whether those provisions remain necessary, and

(b)prepare a report on that review.

(2)A report prepared under subsection (1) must—

(a)set out how any powers conferred by the provisions of Part 1 have been exercised, and

(b)include—

(i)the status of the provisions of Part 1 (whether or not any power under a provision has been exercised), and

(ii)a statement that the Scottish Ministers are satisfied that the status of those provisions is appropriate.

(3)The references in subsection (2) to the “status” of a provision are to—

(a)whether the provision is in force at the end of the reporting period, and

(b)whether any power under the following provisions has been exercised by the Scottish Ministers in relation to it during that period (and, if so, which and how)—

(i)section 11 (regulations suspending or reviving provision),

(ii)section 13 (regulations altering expiry date of provision),

(iii)section 17(2) (regulations bringing provision into force).

(4)Each of the following is a “reporting period”—

(a)the period beginning with the day after Royal Assent and ending on 31 May 2020,

(b)each successive period of 2 months that ends during the period before Part 1 of this Act expires by virtue of section 12(1).

(5)The Scottish Ministers must lay each report prepared under subsection (1) before the Scottish Parliament no later than 14 days after the end of a reporting period.

[F1715AReviews: information about domestic abuseS

(1)The Scottish Ministers must—

(a)in undertaking a review under section 15(1)(a), take account of any information about the nature and number of incidents of domestic abuse occurring during the reporting period to which the review relates given to them, or published, by—

(i)the Scottish Police Authority, or

(ii)the chief constable of the Police Service of Scotland, and

(b)explain in the report on that review prepared under section 15(1)(b) how the information was taken account of.

(2)In subsection (1)(a), “reporting period” means a period mentioned in section 15(4)(b).]

Textual Amendments

16Ancillary provisionS

(1)The Scottish Ministers may by regulations make any incidental, supplementary, consequential, transitional, transitory or saving provision they consider appropriate for the purposes of, or in connection with, or for giving full effect to this Act or any provision made under it.

(2)Without prejudice to section 6 of the Interpretation and Legislative Reform (Scotland) Act 2010, the Scottish Ministers may by regulations modify any regulations made under subsection (1) in consequence of—

(a)the exercise of a power under section 11,

(b)the expiry of a provision of this Act under section 12,

(c)the exercise of a power under section 13.

(3)Regulations under subsection (2) may make transitional, transitory or saving provision.

(4)Regulations under this section—

(a)may modify the effect of any enactment (including this Act),

(b)are subject to the negative procedure.

17CommencementS

(1)This Act comes into force on the day after Royal Assent, subject to subsection (2).

(2)Paragraph 11(1) of schedule 3 (and section 4 so far as it relates to that paragraph) comes into force on such day as the Scottish Ministers may by regulations appoint.

(3)The Scottish Ministers may by regulations make transitional, transitory or saving provision in connection with the coming into force of any provision of this Act.

18Short titleS

The short title of this Act is the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020.

SCHEDULE 1SEviction from dwelling-houses

(introduced by section 2)

Private residential tenancies: eviction grounds to be discretionaryS

F181S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

Private residential tenancies: extension of notice periodsS

F192S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Assured tenancies: eviction grounds to be discretionaryS

F203S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

Assured tenancies: extension of notice periodsS

F214S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Tenancies under the Rent (Scotland) Act 1984: eviction grounds to be discretionaryS

F225S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

Tenancies under the Rent (Scotland) Act 1984: extension of notice periodsS

F236S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Scottish secure tenancies: extension of notice periodsS

F237S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Power to modify notice periodsS

F238S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Consequential modifications in relation to prescribed formsS

F239S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Errors in noticesS

F2310S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

SCHEDULE 2STemporary extension of moratoriums on diligence

(introduced by section 3)

1SThe Bankruptcy (Scotland) Act 2016 applies in accordance with the modifications in this schedule.

F242S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

F253S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

F264S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

SCHEDULE 3SChildren and vulnerable adults

(introduced by section 4)

F27...S

Textual Amendments

F27Sch. 3 expires (30.9.2021 at the end of the day) by Coronavirus (Extension and Expiry) (Scotland) Act 2021 (asp 19), ss. 2(1)(3), 11(2) (with sch. para. 1)

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F27S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

SCHEDULE 4SJustice

(introduced by section 5)

F28PART 1SCourts and tribunals: conduct of business by electronic means

Textual Amendments

F28Electronic signatures and transmission of documentsS

F281S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F28Intimation, etc. on Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service websiteS

F281AS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F28Suspension of requirements for physical attendanceS

F282S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F28Attendance by electronic meansS

F283S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F28Further provision about attendance by electronic meansS

F284S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F28Publication of directions and guidanceS

F285S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F28Interpretation of PartS

F286S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F29PART 2SFiscal fines

Textual Amendments

F29Fixed penalty: conditional offer by procurator fiscalS

F297S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F30PART 3SCases beginning with an appearance from custody

Textual Amendments

F30Ability to take case in any sheriff courtS

F308S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F30Paragraph 8: supporting provisionS

F309S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F31PART 4SExtension of time limits

Textual Amendments

F31Criminal proceedings: extension of time limitsS

F3110S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

PART 5SEvidence

Exceptions to the rule that hearsay evidence is inadmissibleS

F3211S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

PART 6SCommunity orders

Community payback orders: extension of unpaid work or other activity requirementsS

F3312S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

Community payback orders: time limit for completion of unpaid work or other activityS

F3413S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

Community orders: postponementS

F3514S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

Community orders: variationS

F3615S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

Community orders: interpretationS

F3716S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

PART 7SParole Board

Chairing of the Parole BoardS

F3817S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

Modifications of the Parole Board RulesS

18F39(1). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S

F40(2). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F41(3). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F42(4). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F43(5). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F44PART 8SRelease of prisoners

Textual Amendments

F44Early release of prisonersS

F4419S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F44Regulations under paragraph 19: procedure and expiryS

F4420S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F45PART 9SLegal aid

Textual Amendments

F45Assessment of claims for interim payment of fees and outlaysS

F4521S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F45Recovery of overpayment of interim fees or outlays paid to firmsS

F4522S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F45Payment of interim fees for civil legal aid to counselS

F4523S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

SCHEDULE 5SAlcohol licensing

(introduced by section 6)

Requirement to hold a hearingS

F461S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

Premises licencesS

F472S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

Personal licence holdersS

F483S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

Licensing Boards etc.S

F494S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

Modifications of duties of Licensing Standards OfficersS

F505S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

Notifications by the chief constableS

F516S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

InterpretationS

F527S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

Modifications of the Licensing (Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 2007S

F538S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

SCHEDULE 6SFunctioning of public bodies

(introduced by section 7)

PART 1SLicensing other than alcohol licensing

Modifications of Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 etc.S

F541S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

PART 2SFreedom of information

InterpretationS

F552S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

Time periods for responding to requestsS

F563S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F574S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Extension of periods in which certain authorities may respondS

F585S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

Commissioner's ability to take account of impact of coronavirusS

F596S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

Giving notice electronicallyS

F607S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

PART 3SDuties in respect of reports and other documents

Power to postpone publication and laying of reportsS

F618S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

Power to publish or make available documents for inspection electronicallyS

F629S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

Resumption of duties in relation to reports and documentsS

F6310S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

PART 4SLocal authority meetings

IntroductoryS

F6411S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

InterpretationS

F6512S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Grounds for exclusion of the public from meetings of local authoritiesS

F6613S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

F66Sch. 6 para. 13 expires (30.9.2021 at the end of the day) by Coronavirus (Extension and Expiry) (Scotland) Act 2021 (asp 19), ss. 2(1)(6)(b), 11(2)

Photographic copies of documents in respect of meetings of local authoritiesS

F6714S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

PART 5SDuties under the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

F6815S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

SCHEDULE 7SOther measures in response to coronavirus

(introduced by section 8)

Social securityS

F691S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

F702S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F713S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F724S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F735S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

Irritancy clauses in commercial leases: non-payment of rent or other sums dueS

F746S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F757S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Duration of planning permissionS

F768S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

F779S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

F7810S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

Electronic delivery of copy of deed to Registers of ScotlandS

F7911S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

F8012S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

F8113S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

F8214S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

Land registration: period of effect of advance noticeS

F8315S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F8316S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F8317S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F8318S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F8419S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Anatomy Act 1984: extension of periodsS

F8520S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F8521S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F8522S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Scrutiny of subordinate legislation in urgent casesS

F8623S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F8624S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F8625S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F8626S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F8627S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F8628S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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