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Scottish Biometrics Commissioner Act 2020

Code of practice

Section 9: Effect of the code

22.Subsection (1) of section 9 states that the constables and police staff of Police Scotland, the SPA and the PIRC must comply with the code of practice when exercising functions to which the code relates. Subsection (2) provides that a court or tribunal in civil or criminal proceedings must take the code of practice into account when determining any question to which the code is relevant. Subsection (3) provides that a failure by any persons listed under section 9(1) to comply with the code of practice does not itself give rise to grounds for any legal action (though it may give rise for grounds for the issuing of a compliance notice under section 23). Subsection (4) provides an enabling power for the Scottish Ministers to amend, by regulations, the list of persons who must have regard to any code of practice at subsection (1) – by adding, removing or altering a person or description of person. As noted at paragraph 6 above in relation to section 2, the term “person” has a wide meaning and includes bodies as well as individuals. Such regulations are subject to the affirmative procedure under section 37(2).

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