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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

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

Eviction from dwelling-housesS

2Eviction from dwelling-housesS

Schedule 1 contains temporary modifications to the law in relation to the eviction of tenants from dwelling-houses.

Protection for debtorsS

3Temporary extension of moratoriums on diligenceS

Schedule 2 contains provision for a temporary extension of certain moratoriums on diligence provided for in Part 15 of the Bankruptcy (Scotland) Act 2016.

F1...S

Textual Amendments

F14Children and vulnerable adultsS

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JusticeS

5JusticeS

Schedule 4 contains temporary modifications to the law in relation to the justice system.

Alcohol licensingS

6Alcohol licensingS

Schedule 5 contains temporary modifications to the law in relation to alcohol licensing.

Public bodiesS

7Functioning of public bodiesS

Schedule 6 makes provision in relation to the functions of public bodies including temporary modifications of legislation.

Other measures in response to coronavirusS

8Other measures in response to coronavirusS

Schedule 7 contains other temporary measures in response to coronavirus.

PART 2SSupporting provisions

9Advancement of equality and non-discriminationS

[F2(1)]In exercising a function conferred by virtue of Part 1 (including a function of making subordinate legislation), the Scottish Ministers must have [F3regard—

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

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

[F4(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

F2S. 9(1): s. 9 renumbered as s. 9(1) (27.5.2020) by Coronavirus (Scotland) (No.2) Act 2020 (asp 10), ss. 6(4), 16(1)

F3Words in s. 9(1) substituted (27.5.2020) by Coronavirus (Scotland) (No.2) Act 2020 (asp 10), ss. 6(5), 16(1)

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 [F5at the end of [F630 September 2022]].

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

[F7(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)[F8At 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.

F9(7). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F9(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.

[F1015AReviews: 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

1(1)The Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016 applies, in relation to a notice to leave within the meaning of section 62 of that Act served on a tenant while this paragraph is in force, in accordance with the modifications in this paragraph.S

(2)Section 51(2) (First-tier Tribunal's power to issue an eviction order) has effect as if the words “or must” were repealed.

(3)Schedule 3 (eviction grounds) has effect as if—

(a)in paragraph 1(2) (landlord intends to sell)—

(i)in the opening words, for the word “must” there were substituted “ may ”,

(ii)after paragraph (a), the word “and” were repealed,

(iii)after paragraph (b) there were inserted , and

(c)the Tribunal is satisfied that it is reasonable to issue an eviction order on account of those facts.,

(b)in paragraph 2(2) (property to be sold by lender)—

(i)in the opening words, for the word “must” there were substituted “ may ”,

(ii)after paragraph (b), the word “and” were repealed,

(iii)after paragraph (c) there were inserted , and

(d)the Tribunal is satisfied that it is reasonable to issue an eviction order on account of those facts.,

(c)in paragraph 3(2) (landlord intends to refurbish)—

(i)in the opening words, for the word “must” there were substituted “ may ”,

(ii)after paragraph (b), the word “and” were repealed,

(iii)after paragraph (c) there were inserted , and

(d)the Tribunal is satisfied that it is reasonable to issue an eviction order on account of those facts.,

(d)in paragraph 4(2) (landlord intends to live in property)—

(i)for the word “must” there were substituted “ may ”,

(ii)the words from “the landlord” to “3 months” were paragraph (a),

(iii)after paragraph (a) there were inserted , and

(b)the Tribunal is satisfied that it is reasonable to issue an eviction order on account of that fact.,

(e)in paragraph 6(2) (landlord intends to use for non-residential purpose)—

(i)for the word “must” there were substituted “ may ”,

(ii)the words from “the landlord” to “home” were paragraph (a),

(iii)after paragraph (a) there were inserted , and

(b)the Tribunal is satisfied that it is reasonable to issue an eviction order on account of that fact.,

(f)in paragraph 7(2) (property required for religious purpose)—

(i)in the opening words, for the word “must” there were substituted “ may ”,

(ii)after paragraph (b) the word “and” were repealed,

(iii)after paragraph (c) there were inserted , and

(d)the Tribunal is satisfied that it is reasonable to issue an eviction order on account of those facts.,

(g)in paragraph 8 (not an employee)—

(i)in the opening words of sub-paragraph (2), for the word “must” there were substituted “ may ”,

(ii)for paragraph (c) there were substituted—

(c)the Tribunal is satisfied that it is reasonable to issue an eviction order on account of those facts.,

(iii)sub-paragraph (3) were repealed,

(iv)in sub-paragraph (4), for the words “sub-paragraphs (2) and (3)” there were substituted “ sub-paragraph (2) ”,

(h)in paragraph 10(2) (not occupying let property)—

(i)in the opening words, for the word “must” there were substituted “ may ”,

(ii)after paragraph (a), the word “and” were repealed,

(iii)after paragraph (b) there were inserted , and

(c)the Tribunal is satisfied that it is reasonable to issue an eviction order on account of those facts.,

(i)in paragraph 12 (rent arrears), sub-paragraph (2) were repealed,

(j)in paragraph 13(2) (criminal behaviour)—

(i)in the opening words, for the word “must” there were substituted “ may ”,

(ii)after paragraph (a), the word “and” were repealed,

(iii)after paragraph (b) there were inserted , and

(c)the Tribunal is satisfied that it is reasonable to issue an eviction order on account of those facts..

Private residential tenancies: extension of notice periodsS

F112S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Assured tenancies: eviction grounds to be discretionaryS

3(1)The Housing (Scotland) Act 1988 applies, in relation to a notice served on a tenant under section 19 or 33(1)(d) of that Act while this paragraph is in force, in accordance with the modifications in this paragraph.S

(2)Section 18 (orders for possession) has effect as if—

(a)subsections (3) and (3A) were repealed,

(b)in subsection (4), for “Part II” there were substituted “ Part I or Part II ”,

(c)in subsection (4A), after the word “possession” there were inserted “ on Ground 8 in Part I of Schedule 5 to this Act or ”.

(3)Section 20 has effect as if subsection (6) (no discretion where landlord entitled to possession) were repealed.

(4)Section 33 (recovery of possession on termination of a short assured tenancy) has effect as if in subsection (1)—

(a)in the opening words, for the word “shall” there were substituted “ may ”,

(b)after paragraph (b), the word “and” were repealed,

(c)after paragraph (d) there were inserted , and

(e)that it is reasonable to make an order for possession..

(5)Schedule 5 (grounds for possession of houses let on assured tenancies) has effect as if for the heading of Part I there were substituted “ Certain grounds on which First-tier Tribunal may order possession in relation to the period of the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 ”.

Assured tenancies: extension of notice periodsS

F124S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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

5(1)The Rent (Scotland) Act 1984 applies, in relation to a notice served on a tenant in accordance with section 112(1) of that Act while this paragraph is in force, in accordance with the modifications in this paragraph.S

(2)Section 11 (grounds for possession of certain dwelling-houses) has effect as if—

(a)in subsection (1)(b), after the words “Part I” there were inserted “ or Part II ”,

(b)subsection (2) were repealed.

(3)Section 12 (extended discretion of court) has effect as if—

(a)in subsection (1), the words “Subject to subsection (5) below,” were repealed,

(b)in subsection (2), the words “, subject to subsection (5) below,” were repealed,

(c)subsection (5) were repealed.

(4)Section 14 (conditions applying to recovery of short tenancies) has effect as if, in subsection (1), after the word “Act” there were inserted “ provided the First-tier Tribunal considers it reasonable to allow such recovery ”.

(5)Schedule 2 (grounds for possession for protected or statutory tenancies) has effect as if for the heading of Part II there were substituted “ Certain cases in which First-tier Tribunal may order possession in relation to the period of the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 ”.

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

F136S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Scottish secure tenancies: extension of notice periodsS

F137S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Power to modify notice periodsS

F138S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Consequential modifications in relation to prescribed formsS

F139S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Errors in noticesS

F1310S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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.

F142S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

F153S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

4SSection 198 (period of moratorium) has effect as if—

(a)for “6 weeks” in each of the following there were substituted “ 6 months ”

(i)subsection (1)(b)(i),

(ii)subsection (3),

(iii)subsection (5),

(iv)subsection (7),

(b)in subsection (6)(b), for “13 weeks after the day on which the moratorium began under subsection (1)(a)” there were substituted “ 7 weeks after the day on which the moratorium would have ended but for this subsection ”.

SCHEDULE 3SChildren and vulnerable adults

(introduced by section 4)

F16...S

Textual Amendments

F16sch. 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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F16S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

SCHEDULE 4SJustice

(introduced by section 5)

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

Electronic signatures and transmission of documentsS

1(1)An electronic signature fulfils any requirement (however expressed and for whatever purpose) that—S

(a)a document of a type mentioned in sub-paragraph (4), or

(b)a deletion or correction to such a document,

be signed, initialled or signetted.

(2)Any requirement (however expressed) that a document of a type mentioned in sub-paragraph (4) be given to a person may be fulfilled by—

(a)transmitting it to the person electronically, or

(b)transmitting it (electronically or otherwise) to a solicitor engaged to act on the person's behalf in relation to the proceedings in question.

(3)For the purposes of sub-paragraph (2)—

(a)electronic transmission of a document by one person (“the sender”) to another person (“the recipient”) must be effected in a way that the recipient has indicated to the sender that the recipient is willing to receive the document,

(b)the recipient's indication of willingness to receive a document in a particular way may be—

(i)specific to the document in question or generally applicable to documents of that kind,

(ii)expressed specifically to the sender or generally (for example on a website),

(iii)inferred from the recipient having previously been willing to receive documents from the sender in that way and not having indicated unwillingness to do so again,

(c)the sender's uploading of a document to an electronic storage system from which the recipient is able to download the document may constitute electronic transmission of the document from the sender to the recipient.

(4)The types of document referred to in sub-paragraphs (1) and (2) are (subject to sub-paragraph (5))—

(a)an order, warrant, sentence, citation, minute or any other document produced by a court or tribunal,

(b)an extract of any document referred to in paragraph (a),

(c)any document that an enactment requires be given to a person in connection with, or in order to initiate, proceedings.

(5)A type of document mentioned in sub-paragraph (4) is not to be regarded as being mentioned in that sub-paragraph, for the purposes of sub-paragraph (1) or (2) (or both), if—

(a)the Lord President of the Court of Session, or

(b)the Lord Justice General,

directs that it is not.

(6)A direction under sub-paragraph (5) may relate to some or all proceedings.

(7)In this paragraph—

(a)court” includes any office holder of a court,

(b)document” includes a copy of a document,

(c)electronic signature” is to be construed in accordance with section 7(2) of the Electronic Communications Act 2000, but includes a version of an electronic signature which is reproduced on a paper document,

(d)references to giving a person a document include—

(i)serving a document on a person,

(ii)sending a document to a person, and

(iii)lodging a document with, or otherwise applying to or petitioning, a court or tribunal,

(e)tribunal” includes any office holder of a tribunal.

[F17Intimation, etc. on Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service websiteS

Textual Amendments

F17sch. 4 para. 1A and cross-heading inserted (27.5.2020) by Coronavirus (Scotland) (No.2) Act 2020 (asp 10), s. 16(1), sch. 2 para. 10(2)(a) (with s. 9)

1A(1)Any requirement (however expressed) that a document—S

(a)be put on the walls, doors or any other part of a court building (whether internal or external), or

(b)be made publicly available in any other way within a court building,

is to be fulfilled instead by the document’s being made publicly available through the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service website.

(2)But sub-paragraph (1) does not apply to a document if it is of a type that—

(a)the Lord President of the Court of Session, or

(b)the Lord Justice General,

has directed that sub-paragraph (1) does not apply to.

(3)Where a document is to be made publicly available through the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service website by virtue of this paragraph, it is to so be made available in accordance with—

(a)any direction issued by—

(i)the Lord President of the Court of Session, or

(ii)the Lord Justice General, and

(b)(subject to any necessary modifications) any enactment about—

(i)how a step mentioned in paragraph (a) or (b) of sub-paragraph (1) is to be taken in relation to the document, or

(ii)the length of time for which the document is to be made publicly available in a way described by those paragraphs.

(4)A direction under sub-paragraph (3)(a) may, in particular, provide that a document is to be made available only in a redacted form.

(5)If an enactment provides for an alternative to taking a step mentioned in paragraph (a) or (b) of sub-paragraph (1) as a means of achieving an outcome (for example, advertising an application in a newspaper as a means of intimating it), nothing in this paragraph precludes the taking of that alternative step to achieve the outcome.

(6)In this paragraph, “the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service website” means the website maintained by, or on behalf of, the Service with the internet domain name scotcourts.gov.uk.]

Suspension of requirements for physical attendanceS

2(1)Any requirement (however expressed) that a person physically attend a court or tribunal does not apply, unless the court or tribunal directs the person to attend physically.S

(2)But sub-paragraph (1) does not apply in relation to a trial diet.

(3)In the case of such a diet, the court may disapply any requirement (however expressed) that a person physically attend the court by directing that the person need not do so.

(4)A court or tribunal may issue a direction under sub-paragraph (1) only if it considers that allowing the person to attend by electronic means in accordance with paragraph 3 would—

(a)prejudice the fairness of proceedings, or

(b)otherwise be contrary to the interests of justice.

(5)A court may issue a direction under sub-paragraph (3) only if it considers that allowing the person to attend by electronic means in accordance with paragraph 3 would not—

(a)prejudice the fairness of proceedings, or

(b)otherwise be contrary to the interests of justice.

(6)A court or tribunal may issue or revoke a direction under sub-paragraph (1) or (3) on the motion of a party or of its own accord.

(7)In considering whether to issue or revoke a direction under sub-paragraph (1) or (3), the court or tribunal must—

(a)give all parties an opportunity to make representations, and

(b)have regard to any guidance issued by—

(i)the Lord President of the Court of Session, or

(ii)the Lord Justice General.

(8)References in this paragraph to physically attending a court or tribunal are to—

(a)being in a particular place, or

(b)being in the same place as another person,

for the purpose of any proceedings before a court or tribunal or an office holder of a court or tribunal.

Attendance by electronic meansS

3(1)A person excused from a requirement to physically attend a court or tribunal by virtue of paragraph 2(1) or (3) must instead appear before the court, tribunal or office holder (as the case may be) by electronic means in accordance with a direction issued by the court or tribunal.S

(2)A person who fails to do so is to be regarded as having failed to comply with the requirement to physically attend from which the person is excused.

(3)The power under sub-paragraph (1) to issue a direction includes the power to vary or revoke an earlier direction under that sub-paragraph.

(4)A direction under sub-paragraph (1)—

(a)is to set out how the person is to appear by electronic means before the court, tribunal or office holder, and

(b)may include any other provision the court or tribunal considers appropriate.

(5)A court or tribunal may issue a direction under sub-paragraph (1) on the motion of a party or of its own accord.

(6)Before issuing a direction under sub-paragraph (1), the court or tribunal must—

(a)give all parties an opportunity to make representations, and

(b)have regard to any guidance issued by—

(i)the Lord President of the Court of Session, or

(ii)the Lord Justice General.

(7)A direction under sub-paragraph (1) that—

(a)sets out how a party to proceedings is to attend, by electronic means, a trial diet must provide for the party to use means that enable the party to both see and hear all of the other parties, the judge and (where applicable) the jury and any witness who is giving evidence,

(b)sets out how a witness who is to give evidence at a trial diet is to attend by electronic means, must provide for the witness to use means that enable all of the parties, the judge and (where applicable) the jury to both see and hear the witness.

(8)Nothing in sub-paragraph (7) is to be taken to mean that a person is to be enabled to see or hear a witness in a way that measures taken in accordance with an order of the court or tribunal would otherwise prevent.

Further provision about attendance by electronic meansS

4(1)A court or tribunal may—S

(a)issue a direction under paragraph 3(1) that applies for the purpose of all proceedings of a type specified in the direction, provided that the only party to the proceedings is a public official,

(b)issue a further direction under paragraph 3(1) overriding, for the purpose of specific proceedings, a general direction issued by virtue of paragraph (a).

(2)Paragraph 3(6)(a) does not apply in relation to a general direction issued by virtue of sub-paragraph (1)(a).

(3)In this paragraph—

Publication of directions and guidanceS

5SA person who issues any of the following must make it publicly available—

(a)a direction under paragraph 1(5),

[F18(aa)a direction under paragraph 1A(2) or (3)(a),]

(b)guidance under paragraph 2(7)(b) or 3(6)(b).

Textual Amendments

Interpretation of PartS

6SIn this Part—

PART 2SFiscal fines

Fixed penalty: conditional offer by procurator fiscalS

7(1)The Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 applies in accordance with the modification in sub-paragraph (2).S

(2)Section 302(7A) (maximum fixed penalty that may be prescribed) has effect as if for “£300” there were substituted “ £500 ”.

(3)The Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 Fixed Penalty Order 2008 (S.S.I. 2008/108) applies in accordance with the modification in sub-paragraph (4).

(4)The schedule has effect as if for it there were substituted—

SCHEDULESTHE SCALE OF FIXED PENALTIES

Article 2

Level on the scaleAmount of fixed penalty
1£50
2£125
3£175
4£250
5£325
6£400
7£500.

PART 3SCases beginning with an appearance from custody

Ability to take case in any sheriff courtS

8(1)If it involves an appearance from police custody, a first calling of criminal proceedings in the sheriff court may—S

(a)be taken in any sheriff court in Scotland, and

(b)be dealt with in that court by a sheriff of any sheriffdom.

(2)For the purposes of sub-paragraph (1), a first calling of proceedings involves an appearance from police custody if the person who is the accused or otherwise the subject of the proceedings—

(a)was arrested by a constable in connection with the offence or other matter to which the proceedings relate, and

(b)is not released from custody before the appearance.

(3)Where sub-paragraph (1) applies, it is for the Lord Advocate or the procurator fiscal to determine which sheriff court a first calling is to be taken in.

(4)Sub-paragraph (5) applies where a first calling of criminal proceedings comes before a sheriff court by virtue of sub-paragraph (1).

(5)The proceedings may continue to be dealt with—

(a)in the same sheriff court, and

(b)by a sheriff of any sheriffdom.

(6)But that court can no longer deal—

(a)with proceedings on petition or indictment, after—

(i)committal until liberation in due course of law, or

(ii)any earlier calling at which a plea of not guilty is tendered by the accused but not accepted by the prosecutor,

(b)with summary criminal proceedings, after a calling at which a plea of not guilty is tendered by the accused but not accepted by the prosecutor.

(7)References in this paragraph to the accused or other person who is the subject of the proceedings are to be read in relation to proceedings in which there is more than one such person as a reference to at least one of them.

Paragraph 8: supporting provisionS

9(1)A sheriff court has jurisdiction for all cases which come before it by virtue of paragraph 8.S

(2)A procurator fiscal for a sheriff court district has—

(a)power to prosecute or, as the case may be, represent the interests of the prosecutor in any case that comes before the sheriff court of that district by virtue of paragraph 8,

(b)the like powers in relation to such cases as the prosecutor has for the purposes of other cases that come before the sheriff when exercising criminal jurisdiction.

(3)For the purposes of paragraph 8, a sheriff may, without the need for further commission, exercise the jurisdiction and powers that attach to the office of sheriff in relation to criminal proceedings in every sheriffdom (and the same applies accordingly to any other member of the judiciary, so far as that member has the jurisdiction and powers that attach to the office of sheriff in relation to criminal proceedings).

(4)In paragraph 8 and this paragraph, “criminal proceedings” means any proceedings in which a court is exercising criminal jurisdiction including in particular—

(a)proceedings on indictment,

(b)proceedings on petition,

(c)summary criminal proceedings,

(d)ancillary proceedings such as proceedings in respect of—

(i)breach of bail,

(ii)non-payment of a fine or other monetary penalty,

(iii)breach of an order of a court, or

(iv)failure of an accused person or a witness to attend a diet.

(5)Any expression used in paragraph 8 or this paragraph which is also used in the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 has the same meaning here as it does there.

(6)Paragraph 8 and this paragraph are without prejudice to sections 4 to 10, 34A and 137C of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995.

PART 4SExtension of time limits

Criminal proceedings: extension of time limitsS

10(1)The Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 applies in accordance with the modifications in sub-paragraphs (2) to (6).S

(2)Section 52T (prevention of delay in trials: assessment orders and treatment orders) has effect as if—

(a)in subsection (1), after the words “Subsections (4) to (9)” there were inserted “ , (11), (12)(b) and (13) ”,

(b)in subsection (4)(c), before the word “section” there were inserted “subsection (1) of”,

(c)after subsection (4) there were inserted—

(5)In subsection (4)—

(a)the provisions of section 65 referred to in paragraphs (a) and (b) are to be read with subsections (11), (12)(b) and (13) of that section,

(b)the provisions of section 147 referred to in paragraphs (c) and (d) are to be read with subsections (5) and (6) of that section..

(3)Section 65 (solemn proceedings: prevention of delay in trials) has effect as if after subsection (10) there were inserted—

(11)In calculating any of the periods specified in subsection (12), no account is to be taken of the suspension period.

(12)Those periods are—

(a)any period mentioned in subsection (1), including any such period as extended—

(i)under subsection (3),

(ii)on appeal under subsection (8), or

(iii)under section 74(4)(c),

(b)any period mentioned in subsection (4), including any such period as extended—

(i)under subsection (5), or

(ii)on appeal under subsection (8).

(13)For the purpose of subsection (11), the suspension period is the period of 6 months beginning with whichever is the later of—

(a)the day on which paragraph 10 of schedule 4 of the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 comes into force,

(b)the day on which—

(i)in relation to a period specified in subsection (12)(a), the accused first appears on petition in respect of the offence, or

(ii)in relation to a period specified in subsection (12)(b), the accused is committed for the offence until liberated in due course of law..

(4)Section 136(1) (time limit for certain offences) has effect as if for the words “six months” in both places where they occur there were substituted “ 12 months ”.

(5)Section 147 (summary proceedings: prevention of delay in trials) has effect as if after subsection (4) there were inserted—

(5)In calculating the period mentioned in subsection (1), including any such period as extended either under subsection (2) or on appeal under subsection (3), no account is to be taken of the suspension period.

(6)For the purpose of subsection (5), the suspension period is the period of 3 months beginning with whichever is the later of—

(a)the day on which paragraph 10 of schedule 4 of the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 comes into force,

(b)the day on which the complaint is brought in court..

(6)Section 201 (power of court to adjourn case before sentence) has effect as if for subsection (3) there were substituted—

(3)The court may adjourn the hearing of a case as mentioned in subsection (1) for such period as it considers appropriate..

(7)The Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2003 applies in accordance with the modification in sub-paragraph (8).

(8)Section 21 (sexual and certain other offences: reports) has effect as if subsections (9) and (10) were repealed.

PART 5SEvidence

Exceptions to the rule that hearsay evidence is inadmissibleS

F1911S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

PART 6SCommunity orders

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

F2012S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

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

13(1)Section 227L of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 (time limit for completion of unpaid work or other activity) applies in accordance with the modifications in this paragraph.S

(2)Subsection (2)(a) has effect as if for “3 months” there were substituted “ 12 months ”.

(3)Subsection (2)(b) has effect as if for “6 months” there were substituted “ 12 months ”.

Community orders: postponementS

F2114S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

Community orders: variationS

15(1)The Scottish Ministers may by regulations vary requirements imposed in community payback orders F22....S

(2)Regulations under sub-paragraph (1) may—

(a)make different provision for different descriptions of—

(i)order,

(ii)requirement imposed under an order,

(iii)offender in respect of whom the order is imposed,

(iv)offence the offender is convicted of,

(b)revoke orders,

(c)revoke requirements.

(3)Regulations under sub-paragraph (1) may not—

(a)modify the amount of compensation required to be paid under a compensation requirement,

(b)increase the total amount of hours specified in an unpaid work or other activity requirement,

(c)increase or extend the period for which a requirement is imposed,

(d)increase the period during which an offender must be at a specified place or not be at a specified place or class of place under a restricted movement requirement.

(4)Regulations under sub-paragraph (1) may be made only if the Scottish Ministers are satisfied that—

(a)the variations will not make the orders to which the regulations apply more onerous to comply with, and

(b)either—

(i)if the regulations were not made, it is likely that there will be a failure to comply with a requirement imposed by one or more of the orders to which the regulations apply as a result of coronavirus, or

(ii)the making of the regulations is necessary in response to the effect of coronavirus on local authorities or the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service.

(5)Regulations under sub-paragraph (1) are subject to the affirmative procedure.

(6)The relevant local authority in relation to a community payback order F23... to which regulations made under sub-paragraph (1) apply must inform the offender of the effect of the regulations on the order.

Textual Amendments

F22Words in sch. 4 para. 15(1) expire (30.9.2021 at the end of the day) by Coronavirus (Extension and Expiry) (Scotland) Act 2021 (asp 19), ss. 2(1)(4)(d)(i), 11(2)

F23Words in sch. 4 para. 15(6) expire (30.9.2021 at the end of the day) by Coronavirus (Extension and Expiry) (Scotland) Act 2021 (asp 19), ss. 2(1)(4)(d)(ii), 11(2)

Community orders: interpretationS

16SIn [F24paragraph] 15—

Textual Amendments

PART 7SParole Board

Chairing of the Parole BoardS

17(1)The Prisoners and Criminal Proceedings (Scotland) Act 1993 applies in accordance with the modification in this paragraph.S

(2)Schedule 2 has effect as if after paragraph 2J there were inserted—

2K(1)If the Chairman of the Parole Board is unable to perform the functions of the Chairman under this Act or the Parole Board (Scotland) Rules 2001 (S.S.I. 2001/315) (the “Rules”) for reasons related to coronavirus, the most senior member of the Parole Board is to perform those functions instead.

(2)In sub-paragraph (1)—

(a)coronavirus” has the meaning given by section 1 of the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020, and

(b)the most senior member of the Parole Board” means—

(i)the member whose initial appointment to the Parole Board began first, or

(ii)if more than one member falls within sub-paragraph (i), whichever of those members is most senior in age.

(3)For so long as sub-paragraph (1) has effect, in Rule 2(1) of the Rules, in the definition of “the chairman of the Board”, the reference to “the chairman of the Board appointed under paragraph 1 of Schedule 2 to the 1993 Act” is to be read instead as a reference to “the person performing the functions of the Chairman by virtue of paragraph 2K(1) of Schedule 2 to the 1993 Act”.

2L(1)The Chairman of the Parole Board may make arrangements to delegate the functions of the Chairman to another member or members of the Parole Board.

(2)Where arrangements under sub-paragraph (1) have effect, the functions of the Chairman may be performed by the member to whom the functions are delegated or, where the functions are delegated to more than one member, by any one of those members.

(3)Arrangements under sub-paragraph (1) are to be treated as having effect since the date on which paragraph 17 of schedule 4 of the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 came into force (regardless of when the arrangements were made).

(4)Where arrangements under sub-paragraph (1) have effect, the following references are to be read instead as references to the member or members (as the case may be) to whom the Chairman's functions have been delegated—

(a)the references to the chairperson in paragraph 2HA(3) and (4),

(b)the reference to the Chairman in paragraph 2J,

(c)any reference to the Chairman of the Parole Board (however expressed) in the Rules..

Modifications of the Parole Board RulesS

18F28(1). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S

F29(2). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F30(3). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F31(4). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F32(5). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

PART 8SRelease of prisoners

Early release of prisonersS

19(1)The Scottish Ministers may by regulations provide that a person who falls within a class of persons specified in the regulations is to be released from prison early.S

(2)The Scottish Ministers may make regulations under sub-paragraph (1) only if they are satisfied that the making of the regulations is necessary and proportionate, in response to the effects coronavirus is having or is likely to have on a prison or prisons generally, for the purpose of protecting—

(a)the security and good order of any prison to which the regulations relate, or

(b)the health, safety or welfare of prisoners, or those working, in any such prison.

(3)But a person is not to be released from prison by virtue of regulations under sub-paragraph (1) if—

(a)the person falls within sub-paragraph (4), or

(b)the governor of the prison within which the person is detained for the time being considers that, if released, the person would pose an immediate risk of harm to an identified person.

(4)A person falls within this sub-paragraph if the person is—

(a)a life prisoner,

(b)an untried prisoner,

(c)a terrorist prisoner within the meaning of section 1AB of the 1993 Act,

(d)liable to removal from the United Kingdom for the purposes of section 9 of that Act,

(e)subject to a supervised release order under section 209 of the 1995 Act,

(f)serving a sentence imposed under section 210A of that Act (extended sentences for sex, violent and terrorist offenders),

(g)the subject of proceedings under the Extradition Act 2003, or

(h)subject to the notification requirements of Part 2 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

(5)In sub-paragraph (4)—

(a)life prisoner” means a person who is—

(i)serving a sentence of imprisonment for life,

(ii)detained without limit of time or detained for life, or

(iii)subject to an order for lifelong restriction made under section 201F of the 1995 Act,

(b)untried prisoner” means a person who, whether or not in prison for any other reason, is in prison—

(i)having been committed for examination or trial on any criminal charge,

(ii)by virtue of remand in custody under the Extradition Act 2003,

(iii)by virtue of detention under schedule 2 or 3 of the Immigration Act 1971, or

(iv)following conviction but awaiting sentence.

(6)Regulations under sub-paragraph (1) must—

(a)specify the date on which a person is to be released from prison under the regulations, or

(b)make provision about how that date is to be calculated.

(7)Where a person released from prison by virtue of regulations under sub-paragraph (1) is, immediately before release—

(a)a short-term prisoner, the person is to be treated for all purposes as if the person had been released under section 1(1) of the 1993 Act,

(b)a long-term prisoner, the person is to be treated for all purposes as if the person had been released under section 1(3) of the 1993 Act,

(c)serving a sentence of detention for a period of less than 4 years imposed under section 207(2) of the 1995 Act, the person is to be treated for all purposes as if the person had been released under section 1(1) of the 1993 Act (as applied by section 6 of that Act),

(d)serving a sentence of detention for a period of 4 years or more imposed under section 207(2) of the 1995 Act, the person is to be treated for all purposes as if the person had been released under section 1(3) of the 1993 Act (as applied by section 6 of that Act),

(e)serving a sentence of detention imposed under section 208(1) of the 1995 Act, the person is to be treated for all purposes as if the person had been released under section 7(2) of the 1993 Act.

(8)Regulations under sub-paragraph (1) may make different provision for—

(a)different classes of person,

(b)different prisons or classes of prison, or parts of a prison,

(c)other different purposes.

(9)In this paragraph—

Textual Amendments

Regulations under paragraph 19: procedure and expiryS

20(1)Regulations under paragraph 19(1) are subject to the affirmative procedure unless they fall within sub-paragraph (2).S

(2)Regulations fall within this sub-paragraph if they—

(a)do not provide for the release of any person more than 180 days earlier than the person would otherwise be released, and

(b)contain a declaration that the Scottish Ministers are of the opinion that, by reason of urgency, it is necessary to make the regulations without them being subject to the affirmative procedure.

(3)Regulations which fall within sub-paragraph (2)—

(a)must be laid before the Scottish Parliament as soon as practicable after they are made, and

(b)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.

(4)In calculating the period of 28 days, 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.

(5)If regulations cease to have effect as a result of sub-paragraph (3)(b), that does not—

(a)affect anything previously done under the regulations,

(b)prevent the making of new regulations.

(6)Subject to sub-paragraph (3)(b), regulations under paragraph 19(1) cease to have effect at the end of the period of 180 days beginning with the day on which they are made.

(7)Nothing in sub-paragraph (6) prevents the Scottish Ministers—

(a)revoking regulations under paragraph 19(1) before the end of the period mentioned in sub-paragraph (6),

(b)making further regulations under paragraph 19(1).

PART 9SLegal aid

Assessment of claims for interim payment of fees and outlaysS

21(1)The Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986 applies in accordance with the modification in this paragraph.S

(2)Section 33 (fees and outlays of solicitors and counsel) has effect as if after subsection (5) there were inserted—

(6)Subsections (7) to (9) apply where—

(a)a solicitor or counsel submits a claim to the Board in respect of fees or outlays incurred by the solicitor or counsel in connection with—

(i)the provision of legal aid by the solicitor or counsel prior to the completion of the proceedings for which the legal aid was granted, or

(ii)the provision of advice and assistance by the solicitor or counsel to a person while the advice and assistance is being provided by the solicitor or counsel to the person, and

(b)in submitting the claim, the solicitor or counsel confirms to the Board that the fees or outlays to which the claim relates have been properly incurred by the solicitor or counsel.

(7)The fees or outlays to which the claim relates are to be treated as having been properly incurred by the solicitor or counsel for the purposes of subsection (1).

(8)Any sum paid out of the Fund to the solicitor or counsel pursuant to the claim is to be treated as having been paid out of the Fund in accordance with section 4(2)(a).

(9)Where the claim is made under regulation 11 of the Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) (Fees) Regulations 1989 (S.I. 1989/1490) in relation to the provision of civil legal aid, the fees to which the claim relates are to be treated, for the purposes of the regulation, as having been necessarily and reasonably incurred in connection with the proceedings for which the legal aid is granted..

Recovery of overpayment of interim fees or outlays paid to firmsS

22(1)The Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986 applies in accordance with the modification in this paragraph.S

(2)Section 33 (fees and outlays of solicitors and counsel) has effect as if after subsection (9) (inserted by paragraph 21) there were inserted—

(10)Subsection (11) applies where—

(a)a sum is paid out of the Fund after the day on which paragraph 22 of schedule 4 of the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 comes into force (the “interim payment”) in respect of fees or outlays incurred by a solicitor in connection with—

(i)the provision of legal aid by the solicitor prior to the completion of the proceedings for which the legal aid was granted, or

(ii)the provision of advice and assistance by the solicitor to a person while the advice and assistance is being provided by the solicitor to the person,

(b)on the instruction of the solicitor, the interim payment is paid by the Board to the firm of the solicitor, and

(c)on the completion of the proceedings for which the legal aid was granted (or, as the case may be, on the cessation of the advice and assistance by the solicitor to the person), the Board determines that the interim payment exceeds the sum payable out of the Fund to the solicitor under subsection (1) in connection with the provision of the legal aid (or the advice and assistance) by the solicitor.

(11)The firm of the solicitor is jointly and severally liable with the solicitor for the repayment to the Fund of the excess mentioned in subsection (10)(c).

(12)Subsection (13) applies where—

(a)a firm is jointly and severally liable for the repayment of a sum to the Fund under subsection (11) (the “repayment amount”),

(b)the repayment amount has not been repaid to the Fund,

(c)a separate sum is due to be paid out of the Fund to any solicitor of the firm (the “amount payable”), and

(d)the solicitor has instructed the Board to pay the amount payable to the firm.

(13)The Board may deduct all or part of the repayment amount from the amount payable..

Payment of interim fees for civil legal aid to counselS

23(1)The Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) (Fees) Regulations 1989 (S.I. 1989/1490) apply in accordance with the modification in this paragraph.S

(2)Regulation 11 has effect as if paragraph (2) were revoked.

SCHEDULE 5SAlcohol licensing

(introduced by section 6)

Requirement to hold a hearingS

1(1)The Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 applies in accordance with the modification in this paragraph.S

(2)Section 133 (hearings) has effect as if after subsection (3) there were inserted—

(3A)Despite subsection (1), where a Licensing Board is required to, or may, hold a hearing under any provision of this Act, the Board may determine that the hearing cannot be held in person, or at a meeting of the Board, because of a reason relating to coronavirus.

(3B)Where a Licensing Board determines under subsection (3A) that a hearing cannot be held in person, the Board must comply with subsection (3C) before reaching a decision on the matter which would have been the subject of the hearing.

(3C)The Board must give any person who would have been given the opportunity to be heard at the hearing the opportunity to be heard instead by whichever of the following means the person prefers—

(a)telephone,

(b)written representations, including by means of an electronic communication (as defined in section 15(1) of the Electronic Communications Act 2000),

(c)video conference, if the Board has video conference facilities.

(3D)Where a Licensing Board gives a person an opportunity to be heard under subsection (3C) by telephone, written representations or video conference, and the holding of the hearing by that means would be inconsistent with a requirement imposed by regulations under this Act, the requirement of the regulations is to be construed as permitting the hearing by that means..

Premises licencesS

2(1)The Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 applies in accordance with the modifications in this paragraph.S

(2)Section 28 (period of effect of premises licence) has effect as if—

(a)in subsection (2), after “section 34(1)”, there were inserted “ or if an application for the transfer of the licence is accepted by the Licensing Board under section 34(1A) ”,

(b)after subsection (5) there were inserted—

(5A)For the avoidance of doubt, a licensed premises does not cease to be used for the sale of alcohol, for the purposes of subsection (5)(b), if the premises cease to be used for the sale of alcohol for a temporary period for a reason relating to coronavirus..

(3)Section 34 (transfer on application of person other than licence holder) has effect as if after subsection (1) there were inserted—

(1A)If, for a reason relating to coronavirus, a person is unable to apply to the Licensing Board within the period set out in subsection (1), the Board may accept an application that is made after the end of that period..

(4)Section 39 (licensing board's powers on review) has effect as if after subsection (3) there were inserted—

(3A)Where a Licensing Board determines under section 133(3A) that a review hearing cannot be held in person—

(a)subsection (1) of this section is to have effect as if for “At a review hearing” there were substituted “ After having complied with section 133(3C) ”, and

(b)subsection (2A) of this section is to have effect as if for “at a review hearing” there were substituted “ after having complied with section 133(3C) ”..

(5)Section 45 (provisional premises licence) has effect as if—

(a)in subsection (7), at the beginning, there were inserted “Subject to subsection (7A),”,

(b)after subsection (7) there were inserted—

(7A)On the first application of the holder of a provisional premises licence made before the expiry of the provisional period, the Licensing Board which issued the licence must extend the provisional period by 6 months if the Board—

(a)is satisfied as to the matter mentioned in subsection (8), and

(b)is satisfied that the reason for the delay is a reason relating to coronavirus., and

(c)in subsection (9), after “subsection (7)” there were inserted “ or (7A) ”.

(6)Section 54 (dismissal etc. of premises manager) has effect as if—

(a)in subsection (3), for “7 days” there were substituted “ 28 days ”,

(b)for subsection (4)(b) there were substituted—

(b)either—

(i)within the period of 3 months beginning with the day on which the event occurs, a premises licence variation application is made seeking a variation of the premises licence in respect of the premises so as to substitute another individual as the premises manager, or

(ii)if, for a reason relating to coronavirus, such an application cannot be made within the period mentioned in sub-paragraph (i) but the Licensing Board extends that period on a request from the applicant, such an application is made within that extended period..

(7)Section 69 (notification of extended hours application) has effect as if—

(a)after subsection (2) there were inserted—

(2A)If the chief constable intends to object to an application but is, for a reason relating to coronavirus, unable to give notice of the objection to the Licensing Board within the period mentioned in subsection (2)—

(a)the chief constable must, within that period, make the Board aware of that situation, and

(b)if the chief constable gives notice of the objection after the end of that period, the Board may take the objection into account if the Board considers it reasonable to do so.,

(b)after subsection (3) there were inserted—

(3A)If a Licensing Standards Officer is, for a reason relating to coronavirus, unable to prepare and submit a report to the Licensing Board within the period mentioned in subsection (3)—

(a)the Licensing Standards Officer must, within that period, make the Board aware of that situation, and

(b)the Board may take into account a report that is submitted after the end of that period if the Board considers it reasonable to do so..

(8)Schedule 3 (premises licences: mandatory conditions) has effect as if in paragraph 3—

(a)the existing text were sub-paragraph (1), and

(b)after that sub-paragraph there were inserted—

(2)If food is sold on the premises but the operating plan contained in the licence does not contain an express term to the effect that food may be taken away, or delivered, from the premises for consumption off the premises, a term to that effect is to be implied into the operating plan..

Personal licence holdersS

3(1)The Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 applies in accordance with the modifications in this paragraph.S

(2)Section 77 (period of effect of personal licence) has effect as if—

(a)after subsection (2) there were inserted—

(2A)Subsection (2B) applies where a personal licence renewal application is made to a Licensing Board and the Board has not determined the application before the expiry date of the licence.

(2B)Despite subsection (1), the licence continues to have effect for a period of 6 months beginning on the expiry date of the licence., and

(b)in subsection (4), for “subsection (2)” there were substituted “ subsections (2), (2A) and (2B) ”.

(3)Section 78 (renewal of personal licence) has effect as if for subsection (2) there were substituted—

(2)The period referred to in subsection (1) is—

(a)the period of 9 months beginning 12 months before the expiry date of the licence, or

(b)if the Licensing Board is satisfied that, for a reason relating to coronavirus, the holder of the personal licence is unable to apply within the period mentioned in paragraph (a), the period which begins 12 months before the expiry date of the licence and ends on the day before the expiry date of the licence..

(4)Section 87 (licence holder's duty to undertake training) has effect as if after subsection (3) there were inserted—

(3A)For the purposes of subsection (3), a personal licence holder who fails to comply with subsection (1) for a reason relating to coronavirus is to be treated as having complied with subsection (1) if—

(a)the Licensing Board which issued the licence extends the period within which the licence holder is to—

(i)comply with any training requirements mentioned in subsection (1), and

(ii)produce evidence of having so complied, and

(b)the licence holder complies with such requirements and produces evidence of having so complied within that extended period.

(3B)For the purposes of subsection (3A), the Board may extend the period on more than one occasion if this is necessary for a reason relating to coronavirus..

Licensing Boards etc.S

4(1)The Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 applies in accordance with the modifications in sub-paragraphs (2) to (6).S

(2)Section 9A (annual functions report) has effect as if after subsection (1) there were inserted—

(1A)If, for a reason relating to coronavirus, a Licensing Board is unable to comply with subsection (1), the Board must—

(a)not later than 3 months after the end of the financial year, publish on its website (or, if it does not have one, on the website of the council for the Board's area)—

(i)the fact that the Board is unable to comply with subsection (1) and the reason for that, and

(ii)the Board's estimate as to when it will publish the report, and

(b)prepare and publish the report not later than 9 months after the end of the financial year..

(3)Section 9B (annual financial report) has effect as if after subsection (1) there were inserted—

(1A)If, for a reason relating to coronavirus, a Licensing Board is unable to comply with subsection (1), the Board must—

(a)not later than 3 months after the end of the financial year, publish on its website (or, if it does not have one, on the website of the council for the Board's area)—

(i)the fact that the Board is unable to comply with subsection (1) and the reason for that, and

(ii)the Board's estimate as to when it will publish the report, and

(b)prepare and publish the report not later than 9 months after the end of the financial year..

(4)Section 135 (power to relieve failure to comply with rules and other requirements) has effect as if for subsection (1) there were substituted—

(1)A Licensing Board may relieve any failure by the Board or by any applicant or other party to proceedings before the Board to comply with any procedural provision if—

(a)in the case of a failure by—

(i)the Board, the failure is due to an excusable cause and that excusable cause relates to coronavirus,

(ii)any applicant or other party to proceedings before the Board, the failure is due to mistake, oversight or other excusable cause, and

(b)the Board considers it appropriate in all the circumstances to relieve the failure..

(5)Schedule 1 (licensing boards) has effect as if—

(a)in paragraph 10—

(i)after sub-paragraph (1) there were inserted—

(1A)If a Licensing Board considers it necessary for a reason relating to coronavirus, the Board may authorise (whether generally or specifically) any committee established by the Board, and consisting of no fewer than 3 members, to exercise on behalf of the Board any of the functions mentioned in sub-paragraph (2).,

(ii)after sub-paragraph (2) there were inserted—

(2A)For the purposes of sub-paragraph (2)(g), “hearing” includes giving persons an opportunity to be heard in accordance with section 133(3C).,

(b)in paragraph 11—

(i)after sub-paragraph (2) there were inserted—

(2A)Sub-paragraph (2B) applies if, for a reason relating to coronavirus, a member of a Licensing Board cannot produce to the clerk of the Board evidence of having complied with the requirements mentioned in sub-paragraph (1) within the period mentioned in sub-paragraph (1).

(2B)The member must, no later than one month after the expiry of each 9 month period, produce to the clerk evidence that the member has, during the period, complied with the requirements mentioned in sub-paragraph (1).

(2C)In sub-paragraph (2B), “9 month period” means, in relation to a member of a Licensing Board—

(a)the period of 9 months beginning on the day on which the member is elected, and

(b)if the member is re-elected, the period of 9 months beginning with the day on which the member is re-elected.,

(ii)after sub-paragraph (3) there were inserted—

(3A)Where sub-paragraph (2B) applies in relation to a member of a Licensing Board—

(a)sub-paragraph (3) does not apply to the member,

(b)the member must not take part in any proceedings of the Board until the clerk of the Board has briefed the member (in person or otherwise) about—

(i)the role of a member of the Board,

(ii)decision-making by public authorities, and

(iii)the different licences governed by this Act.,

(c)in paragraph 12(1), for “one half” there were substituted “ one third ”, and

F34(d). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(6)In schedule 2 (local licensing forums), paragraph 5(3) has effect as if after “public” there were inserted “ unless the Forum determines that a meeting cannot be held in public for a reason relating to coronavirus ”.

(7)The Licensing (Training) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (S.S.I. 2007/95) apply in accordance with the modification in sub-paragraph (8).

(8)Regulation 3 (training of Licensing Board members) has effect as if after “3 months” there were inserted “ (or, where paragraph 11(2B) of the schedule applies in relation to a member, within 9 months) ”.

Textual Amendments

Modifications of duties of Licensing Standards OfficersS

5(1)The Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 applies in accordance with the modifications in this paragraph.S

(2)Section 16 (training of licensing standards officers) has effect as if—

(a)after subsection (1) there were inserted—

(1A)Subsections (1B) and (1C) apply if a Licensing Standards Officer is, for a reason relating to coronavirus, unable to comply with a requirement prescribed by regulations under subsection (1) to undertake a course of training within a particular period.

(1B)The period within which the course is to be undertaken—

(a)may be extended, on one or more than one occasion, by the (or each) council which appointed the Officer, but

(b)must not be extended beyond the date that is 12 months after the date by which the course would have had to be undertaken were it not for this subsection.

(1C)If a council extends the period—

(a)during the period of the extension, the Officer is not to be treated by that council as failing to comply with subsection (1) on the basis of having failed to undertake a course within a particular period, but

(b)at the end of the period of the extension, the Officer is to be treated by that council as failing to comply with subsection (1) if the Officer has not undertaken the course., and

(b)in subsection (2), at the beginning, there were inserted “Subject to subsection (1C),”.

(3)Section 57 (notification of application to chief constable and licensing standards officer) has effect as if after subsection (3) there were inserted—

(3A)If a Licensing Standards Officer intends to prepare and submit a report but is, for a reason relating to coronavirus, unable to do so within the period mentioned in subsection (3)—

(a)the Officer must, within that period, make the Licensing Board aware of that situation, and

(b)if the Officer submits a report after the end of that period, the Board may take the report into account if the Board considers it reasonable to do so..

(4)Section 73A (notification of application to licensing standards officer) has effect as if after subsection (2) there were inserted—

(2A)If a Licensing Standards Officer intends to respond to a notice but is, for a reason relating to coronavirus, unable to do so within 21 days of receipt of the notice—

(a)the Officer must, within that period, make the Licensing Board aware of that situation, and

(b)if the Officer responds to the notice after the end of that period, the Board may take the response into account if the Board considers it reasonable to do so..

Notifications by the chief constableS

6(1)The Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 applies in accordance with the modifications in this paragraph.S

(2)Section 21 (notification of application) has effect as if—

(a)in subsection (3), after “subsection (1)(d),” there were inserted “ or within such longer period as the chief constable considers reasonable in the circumstances because of a reason relating to coronavirus, ”,

(b)after subsection (3) there were inserted—

(3A)Where the chief constable is not going to respond to a notice within the 21 day period referred to in subsection (3), the chief constable must inform the Licensing Board of—

(a)that fact, and

(b)the time period within which the chief constable expects to respond..

(3)Section 24 (applicant's duty to notify licensing board of convictions) has effect as if—

(a)in subsection (6), after “subsection (5)(b),” there were inserted “ or within such longer period as the chief constable considers reasonable in the circumstances because of a reason relating to coronavirus, ”,

(b)after subsection (6) there were inserted—

(6A)Where the chief constable is not going to respond to a notice within the 21 day period referred to in subsection (6), the chief constable must inform the Licensing Board of—

(a)that fact, and

(b)the time period within which the chief constable expects to respond..

(4)Section 24A (power to request antisocial behaviour report) has effect as if—

(a)in subsection (2), after “request” there were inserted “ or within such longer period as the chief constable considers reasonable in the circumstances because of a reason relating to coronavirus ”,

(b)after subsection (2) there were inserted—

(2A)Where the chief constable is not going to give the report within the 21 day period referred to in subsection (2), the chief constable must inform the Licensing Board of—

(a)that fact, and

(b)the time period within which the chief constable expects to give the report..

(5)Section 33 (transfer on application of licence holder) has effect as if—

(a)in subsection (5), after “subsection (4),” there were inserted “ or within such longer period as the chief constable considers reasonable in the circumstances because of a reason relating to coronavirus, ”,

(b)after subsection (5) there were inserted—

(5A)Where the chief constable is not going to respond to a notice within the 21 day period referred to in subsection (5), the chief constable must inform the Licensing Board of—

(a)that fact, and

(b)the time period within which the chief constable expects to respond..

(6)Section 44 (procedure where licensing board receives notice of conviction) has effect as if—

(a)in subsection (3), after “subsection (2),” there were inserted “ or within such longer period as the chief constable considers reasonable in the circumstances because of a reason relating to coronavirus, ”,

(b)after subsection (3) there were inserted—

(3A)Where the chief constable is not going to respond to a notice within the 21 day period referred to in subsection (3), the chief constable must inform the Licensing Board of—

(a)that fact, and

(b)the time period within which the chief constable expects to respond..

(7)Section 73 (notification of application to chief constable) has effect as if—

(a)in subsection (2), after “subsection (1),” there were inserted “ or within such longer period as the chief constable considers reasonable in the circumstances because of a reason relating to coronavirus, ”,

(b)after subsection (2) there were inserted—

(2A)Where the chief constable is not going to respond to a notice within the 21 day period referred to in subsection (2), the chief constable must inform the Licensing Board of—

(a)that fact, and

(b)the time period within which the chief constable expects to respond..

(8)Section 75 (applicant's duty to notify licensing board of convictions) has effect as if—

(a)in subsection (5), after “subsection (4)(b),” there were inserted “ or within such longer period as the chief constable considers reasonable in the circumstances because of a reason relating to coronavirus, ”,

(b)after subsection (5) there were inserted—

(5A)Where the chief constable is not going to respond to a notice within the 21 day period referred to in subsection (5), the chief constable must inform the Licensing Board of—

(a)that fact, and

(b)the time period within which the chief constable expects to respond..

(9)Section 83 (procedure where licensing board receives notice of conviction) has effect as if—

(a)in subsection (3), after “subsection (2),” there were inserted “ or within such longer period as the chief constable considers reasonable in the circumstances because of a reason relating to coronavirus, ”,

(b)after subsection (3) there were inserted—

(3A)Where the chief constable is not going to respond to a notice within the 21 day period referred to in subsection (3), the chief constable must inform the Licensing Board of—

(a)that fact, and

(b)the time period within which the chief constable expects to respond..

InterpretationS

7(1)The Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 applies in accordance with the modification in this paragraph.S

(2)Section 147 (interpretation) has effect as if after the definition of “community council” there were inserted—

coronavirus” has the meaning given by section 1 of the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020,.

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

8(1)The Licensing (Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (S.S.I. 2007/453) apply in accordance with the modifications in this paragraph.S

(2)The Regulations have effect as if after regulation 12 (timetable for hearings under sections 23(2) and 30(3)) there were inserted—

Timetable for hearings under sections 23(2) and 30(3): further provisionS

12A(1)If, for a reason relating to coronavirus, a Board is unable to hold a hearing under section 23(2) or 30(3) within the period required by regulation 12, the Board must hold the hearing as soon as reasonably practicable after the end of that period.

(2)If a Board determines under section 133(3A) that a hearing cannot be held in person, the Board is to be treated as having held a hearing if the Board complies with section 133(3C)..

(3)The Regulations have effect as if after regulation 13 (timetable for other hearings) there were inserted—

Timetable for other hearings: further provisionS

13A(1)If, for a reason relating to coronavirus, a Board is unable to hold a hearing under section 33(9), 38(1), 59(4), 70(2) or 83(7) within the period required by regulation 13, the Board must hold the hearing as soon as reasonably practicable after the end of that period.

(2)If a Board determines under section 133(3A) that a hearing cannot be held in person, the Board is to be treated as having held a hearing if the Board complies with section 133(3C)..

(4)Regulation 15 (statement of reasons) has effect as if after paragraph (3) there were inserted—

(4)Where a clerk of the Board cannot issue a statement of reasons within the period required by paragraph (3) because of a reason relating to coronavirus, the clerk of the Board must—

(a)notify the person who required the statement to be given that there will be a delay, and

(b)issue the statement as soon as reasonably practicable after the end of that period..

(5)Regulation 20 (issuing and updating licences) has effect as if after paragraph (4) there were inserted—

(5)If, for a reason relating to coronavirus, a Board is unable to comply with paragraph (2), (3) or (4) within the period required, the Board must comply with the paragraph as soon as reasonably practicable afterwards..

SCHEDULE 6SFunctioning of public bodies

(introduced by section 7)

PART 1SLicensing other than alcohol licensing

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

1(1)The Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 applies in accordance with the modifications in sub-paragraphs (2) to (8).S

(2)Section 3 (discharge of functions of licensing authorities) has effect as if—

(a)in subsection (1)(b), for “6 months” there were substituted “ 9 months ”,

(b)in both subsections (2) and (4)(a), for “6 month” there were substituted “ 9 month ”.

(3)Section 7 (offences, etc.) has effect as if after subsection (7) there were inserted—

(7A)Where an extract cannot be transmitted to the licensing authority within the period required by subsection (7) because of a reason relating to coronavirus, it must be transmitted as soon as reasonably practicable afterwards..

(4)Section 27 (functions of the court in relation to second-hand dealers convicted of offences) has effect as if after subsection (1) there were inserted—

(1A)Where an extract cannot be transmitted to the licensing authority within the period required by subsection (1) because of a reason relating to coronavirus, it must be transmitted as soon as reasonably practicable afterwards..

(5)Section 35 (functions of the court in relation to metal dealers convicted of offences) has effect as if after subsection (1) there were inserted—

(1A)Where an extract cannot be transmitted to the licensing authority within the period specified in subsection (1) because of a reason relating to coronavirus, it must be transmitted as soon as reasonably practicable afterwards..

(6)Section 133 (interpretation) has effect as if after “requires—” there were inserted—

coronavirus” has the meaning given by section 1 of the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020,.

(7)Schedule 1 (licensing: further provisions as to the general system) has effect as if—

(a)in paragraph 2(8), after “the authority” there were inserted “ , or by publication of a notice on the licensing authority's website, ”,

(b)in paragraph 8(5A), for “28 days” there were substituted “ 3 months ”,

(c)in paragraph 10(3), the words “to attend and” were repealed,

(d)in paragraph 13(2)(a), for “7 days” there were substituted “ 14 days ”,

(e)after paragraph 13(2) there were inserted—

(2A)Where a licence cannot be delivered to the licensing authority within the period required by sub-paragraph (2)(a) because of a reason relating to coronavirus, it must be delivered as soon as reasonably practicable afterwards.,

(f)in paragraph 17(1), for “10 days” there were substituted “ 15 days ”,

(g)after paragraph 17(2) there were inserted—

(2A)Where a licensing authority cannot give reasons for a decision within the period required by sub-paragraph (1) because of a reason relating to coronavirus, it must—

(a)notify the person who made the request that there will be a delay, and

(b)give the reasons as soon as reasonably practicable after that period.,

(h)after paragraph 18A there were inserted—

Further provision about hearingsS

18BWhere by virtue of this schedule a licensing authority is required to, or may, give a person an opportunity to be heard, the authority may determine that the hearing cannot be held in person because of a reason relating to coronavirus.

18CWhere a licensing authority determines under paragraph 18B that a hearing cannot be held in person, the authority must comply with paragraph 18D before reaching a decision on the matter which would have been the subject of the hearing.

18DThe licensing authority must give any person who would have been given the opportunity to be heard at the hearing the opportunity to be heard instead by whichever of the following means the person prefers—

(a)telephone,

(b)written representations, including by means of an electronic communication, or

(c)video conference, if the authority has video conference facilities.

18EFor the purposes of this schedule, where a licensing authority gives a person an opportunity to be heard by written representations and the hearing is to take place on a particular day, the hearing is to be treated as taking place on the day on which the authority determines that it will consider the written representations (if any), and a reference to the date or day of any such hearing (which is to take place) is to be construed accordingly.

18FWhere a licensing authority gives a person an opportunity to be heard under paragraph 18D by telephone, written representations or video conference, and the holding of the hearing by that means would be inconsistent with a requirement imposed by regulations under paragraph 18A, the requirement of the regulations is to be construed as permitting the hearing by that means..

(8)Schedule 2 (control of sex shops) has effect as if—

(a)in paragraph 7(2), after “area” there were inserted “ , or by publishing an advertisement on the local authority's website, ”,

(b)in paragraph 12(3A), for “28 days” there were substituted “ 3 months ”,

(c)in paragraph 15(3), the words “to attend and” were repealed,

(d)in paragraph 16(2), for “7 days”, in both places where it occurs, there were substituted “ 14 days ”,

(e)after paragraph 16(2) there were inserted—

(2A)Where a licence cannot be delivered to the local authority within the period required by sub-paragraph (2) because of a reason relating to coronavirus, it must be delivered as soon as reasonably practicable afterwards.,

(f)in paragraph 23(1), for “10 days” there were substituted “ 15 days ”,

(g)after paragraph 23(2) there were inserted—

(2A)Where a local authority cannot give reasons for a decision within the period required by sub-paragraph (1) because of a reason relating to coronavirus, it must—

(a)notify the person who made the request that there will be a delay, and

(b)give the reasons as soon as reasonably practicable after that period.,

(h)after paragraph 24A there were inserted—

Further provision about hearingsS

24BWhere by virtue of this schedule a local authority is required to, or may, give a person an opportunity to be heard, the authority may determine that the hearing cannot be held in person because of a reason relating to coronavirus.

24CWhere a local authority determines under paragraph 24B that a hearing cannot be held in person, the authority must comply with paragraph 24D before reaching a decision on the matter which would have been the subject of the hearing.

24DThe local authority must give any person who would have been given the opportunity to be heard at the hearing the opportunity to be heard instead by whichever of the following means the person prefers—

(a)telephone,

(b)written representations, including by means of an electronic communication, or

(c)video conference, if the authority has video conference facilities.

24EFor the purposes of this schedule, where a local authority gives a person an opportunity to be heard by written representations and the hearing is to take place on a particular day, the hearing is to be treated as taking place on the day on which the authority determines that it will consider the written representations (if any), and a reference to the date or day of any such hearing (which is to take place) is to be construed accordingly.

24FWhere a local authority gives a person an opportunity to be heard under paragraph 24D by telephone, written representations or video conference, and the holding of the hearing by that means would be inconsistent with a requirement imposed by regulations under paragraph 24A, the requirement of the regulations is to be construed as permitting the hearing by that means..

(9)The Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Licensing of Skin Piercing and Tattooing) Order 2006 (S.S.I. 2006/43) applies in accordance with the modification in sub-paragraph (10).

(10)In the schedule (application of Part 1 of the 1982 Act), paragraph 2 has effect as if for the number “6”, in both places where it occurs, there were substituted “ 9 ”.

PART 2SFreedom of information

InterpretationS

2SIn this Part (other than this paragraph)—

(a)references to sections and Parts are to sections and Parts of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, and

(b)expressions used in this Part and in that Act have the same meaning as in that Act.

Time periods for responding to requestsS

F353S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F364S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Extension of periods in which certain authorities may respondS

F375S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

Commissioner's ability to take account of impact of coronavirusS

F386S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

Giving notice electronicallyS

7SSection 74(1)(a) (giving of notice etc.) has effect as if modified so that after sub-paragraph (ii) there were inserted , or

(iii)transmitted by electronic means,.

PART 3SDuties in respect of reports and other documents

Power to postpone publication and laying of reportsS

X18(1)This paragraph applies to a statutory duty (however expressed)—S

(a)that is within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament to amend, and

(b)that requires the Scottish Ministers or a Scottish public authority to publish, or to publish and lay before the Scottish Parliament, a report (and any other associated documents) in connection with the exercise of their or its functions on or by a particular date while this paragraph is in force.

(2)The Scottish Ministers or the Scottish public authority may decide to postpone complying with the duty if they or, as the case may be, it are of the view that complying would be likely to impede their or, as the case may be, its ability to take effective action to prevent, protect against, delay or otherwise control the incidence or transmission of coronavirus.

(3)Where the Scottish Ministers decide or, as the case may be, a Scottish public authority decides to postpone complying with the duty they or it must publish a statement to that effect in such manner as they consider or it considers appropriate—

(a)on or before the date by which the report is due, or

(b)as soon as reasonably practicable after the date.

(4)A statement published under sub-paragraph (3) must indicate that the report will be published in accordance with paragraph 10(2).

(5)This paragraph does not apply to—

(a)a duty contained in this Act,

(b)accounts or associated documents required under section 19 or 20 of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000 (see paragraph 15),

(c)any other document in respect of which there is a statutory duty to publish or publicise it, lay it before the Scottish Parliament or otherwise make it available (see paragraph 9).

Editorial Information

X1The power conferred under this provision to make a statement may be exercised by means of a notice published in The Gazette

Power to publish or make available documents for inspection electronicallyS

X29(1)This paragraph applies to a statutory duty (however expressed)—S

(a)that is within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament to amend, and

(b)that requires the Scottish Ministers or a Scottish public authority to—

(i)publish or publicise a document (other than by electronic means),

(ii)lay a document (or a copy of it) before the Scottish Parliament,

(iii)give notice of where a document may be inspected,

(iv)make available a document for inspection in a particular manner.

(2)The Scottish Ministers or, as the case may be, the Scottish public authority may decide not to comply with the duty if they or, as the case may be, it are of the view that doing so—

(a)may give rise to a significant risk of the transmission of coronavirus, or

(b)is likely to be ineffective or inappropriate due to action taken in order to control the incidence or transmission of coronavirus.

(3)Where the Scottish Ministers or, as the case may be, a Scottish public authority decide not to comply with the duty they or it must (if possible)—

(a)publish the document in such electronic format as they consider or it considers appropriate (for example on their or its website),

(b)make the document (or the information contained in it) available for inspection by electronic means (for example on their or its website),

(c)give notice by electronic means of where a document (or the information contained in it) may be inspected, which notice may specify an electronic means (such as publication on a particular website) as the place where the document (or information) may be inspected,

as appropriate, having regard to the nature of the duty in question.

(4)If the Scottish Ministers or, as the case may be, a Scottish public authority decide not to comply with the duty and consider that it is not possible to use a means listed in sub-paragraph (3), they or it must publish a statement to that effect in such manner as they consider or it considers appropriate.

(5)Where the duty is accompanied by a requirement that the Scottish Ministers or, as the case may be, a Scottish public authority must make a statement to the Scottish Parliament in respect of the document on a particular date or within a particular period, it is sufficient for the statement to be made as soon as reasonably practicable.

(6)This paragraph does not apply to—

(a)accounts or associated documents required under section 19 or 20 of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000 (see paragraph 15), or

(b)reports required in connection with the exercise of functions by the Scottish Ministers or a Scottish public authority and in respect of which there is a statutory duty to publish or lay before the Scottish Parliament (see paragraph 8).

Editorial Information

X2The power conferred under this provision to publish a notice or make a statement may be exercised by means of a notice published in The Gazette

Resumption of duties in relation to reports and documentsS

X310(1)Sub-paragraph (2) applies where the Scottish Ministers or, as the case may be, a Scottish public authority have made a decision under paragraph 8(2) to postpone complying with a duty.S

(2)The Scottish Ministers or, as the case may be, the Scottish public authority must comply with the duty as soon as reasonably practicable.

(3)Sub-paragraph (4) applies where—

(a)the Scottish Ministers or, as the case may be, a Scottish public authority made a decision under paragraph 9(2) not to comply with a duty, and

(b)they consider or it considers that there is no longer a significant risk of the transmission of coronavirus.

(4)The Scottish Ministers or, as the case may be, the Scottish public authority must—

(a)in a case where the duty is to lay a document before the Scottish Parliament, comply with the duty as soon as reasonably practicable,

(b)in any other case—

(i)take such steps as they consider or it considers necessary to comply with the duty, or

(ii)publish a statement indicating that they are or it is not complying and setting out the reasons for not doing so (such as having done so by electronic means).

Editorial Information

X3The power conferred under this provision to make a statement may be exercised by means of a notice published in The Gazette

PART 4SLocal authority meetings

IntroductoryS

F3911S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

InterpretationS

F4012S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Grounds for exclusion of the public from meetings of local authoritiesS

F4113S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

F41sch. 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

F4214S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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

F4315S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

SCHEDULE 7SOther measures in response to coronavirus

(introduced by section 8)

Social securityS

F441S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

F452S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F463S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F474S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F485S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

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

F496S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F507S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Duration of planning permissionS

8SThe Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 applies in accordance with the modifications in paragraphs 9 and 10.

9SSection 58 (duration of planning permission) has effect as if after subsection (3A) there were inserted—

(3B)During the emergency period, a planning permission which otherwise would lapse under subsection (1) or (2) lapses at the end of the extended period, unless, before the end of the extended period, the development to which the permission relates is begun.

(3C)In subsection (3B)—

(3D)The Scottish Ministers may, by regulations, amend the definition of “emergency period” or “extended period” in subsection (3C).

(3E)Regulations under subsection (3D) are subject to the negative procedure..

10SSection 59 (planning permission in principle) has effect as if after subsection (8) there were inserted—

(8A)During the emergency period, a planning permission which otherwise would lapse under subsection (4) (including by virtue of a direction made under subsection (5)) lapses at the end of the extended period, unless, before the end of the extended period, the development to which the permission relates is begun.

(8B)Where the latest date by which an application would otherwise be required to be made under subsection (2)(a) falls within the emergency period, then that application may be made at any time before the end of the extended period.

(8C)In subsections (8A) and (8B)—

(8D)The Scottish Ministers may, by regulations, amend the definition of “emergency period” or “extended period” in subsection (8C).

(8E)Regulations under subsection (8D) are subject to the negative procedure..

Electronic delivery of copy of deed to Registers of ScotlandS

11SThe Land Registration etc. (Scotland) Act 2012 applies in accordance with the modification in paragraph 12.

12SSection 21 (application for registration of deed) has effect as if after subsection (4) there were inserted—

(5)For the purposes of this section, submission by electronic means of a copy of the deed is sufficient evidence of the original for the purposes of accepting an application for registration.

(6)But subsection (5) applies only where submission of the copy is by a means (and in a form) which is specified on the Keeper's website as being acceptable.

(7)In subsection (5), references to submission by electronic means are to submission—

(a)by means of an electronic communications network (for example as an attachment to an email), or

(b)by other means but in a form which requires the use of electronic apparatus by the recipient to render the thing delivered intelligible.

(8)In subsection (7)(a), “electronic communications network” has the meaning given by section 32 of the Communications Act 2003..

13SThe Land Registers (Scotland) Act 1868 applies in accordance with the modifications in paragraph 14.

14SSection 6A (writs transmitted electronically to Register of Sasines) has effect as if—

(a)in subsection (1), the words “which is an electronic document” were repealed,

(b)after subsection (5) there were inserted—

(6)For the purposes of this section, submission by electronic means of a copy of the writ is sufficient evidence of the original for the purposes of accepting an application.

(7)But subsection (6) applies only where submission of the copy is by a means (and in a form) which is specified on the Keeper's website as being acceptable.

(8)In subsection (6), references to submission by electronic means are to submission—

(a)by means of an electronic communications network (for example as an attachment to an email),

(b)by other means but in a form which requires the use of electronic apparatus by the recipient to render the thing delivered intelligible.

(9)In subsection (8)(a), “electronic communications network” has the meaning given by section 32 of the Communications Act 2003..

Land registration: period of effect of advance noticeS

F5115S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F5116S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F5117S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F5118S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F5219S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Anatomy Act 1984: extension of periodsS

F5320S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F5321S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F5322S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Scrutiny of subordinate legislation in urgent casesS

F5423S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F5424S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F5425S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F5426S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F5427S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F5428S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F5429S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F5430S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Business improvement districts: extension of certain arrangementsS

F5531S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

MuirburnS

F5632S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F5733S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .