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Scottish Parliamentary Standards (Sexual Harassment and Complaints Process) Act 2021

Section 3 – Removal of requirement for signature

17.Section 3(2) amends section 6 of the 2002 Act so as to remove the requirement for a complaint to be signed, thus facilitating the making and receipt of complaints by electronic means. It will remain necessary for a complaint to be made by an individual person and to state (amongst other things) that person’s name and address.

18.Section 3(3) removes the requirement for the withdrawal of a complaint (under section 11 of the 2002 Act) to be signed by the complainer, thus facilitating withdrawal by electronic means. It will remain a requirement for notice of withdrawal to be made in writing.

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