Scottish Statutory Instruments

2019 No. 363 (C. 18)

Criminal Procedure

The Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2016 (Commencement No. 6 and Transitional Provision) Order 2019


31st October 2019

Laid before the Scottish Parliament

1st November 2019

Coming into force

10th January 2020

The Scottish Ministers make the following Order in exercise of the powers conferred by section 117(2) and (3) of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2016(1) and all other powers enabling them to do so.

Citation and commencement

1.  This Order may be cited as the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2016 (Commencement No. 6 and Transitional Provision) Order 2019 and comes into force on 10 January 2020.


2.  In this Order—

“the 2016 Act” means the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2016,

“the appointed day” means the day appointed by article 3.

Appointed day

3.  10 January 2020 is the day appointed for the coming into force of the following provisions of the 2016 Act—

(a)section 42 (support for vulnerable persons),

(b)section 102 (recommendations from quality assessor and training provider), and

(c)section 103 (duty to ensure quality assessment takes place).

Transitional provision

4.  Section 42 of the 2016 Act only applies to persons arrested by a constable on or after the appointed day.


A member of the Scottish Government

St Andrew’s House


31st October 2019


(This note is not part of the Order)

This Order brings into force various provisions of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2016 (“the 2016 Act”) on 10 January 2020.

Section 42 of the 2016 Act places a duty on the police to identify vulnerable adults in custody and to facilitate the provision of communication support for these individuals.

Section 102 of the 2016 Act provides that a person on whom functions have been conferred by sections 100 (assessment of quality of appropriate adult support) or 101 (training for appropriate adults) of that Act can make recommendations to the provider of appropriate adult services or to the Scottish Ministers in the use of their subordinate legislation making power under section 61 of that Act.

Section 103 of the 2016 Act places a duty on the Scottish Ministers to ensure that where a person has responsibility to ensure that appropriate adult services are available, there must be a person in place for the purpose of assessing those services.

Article 4 of the Order provides that section 42 of the 2016 Act only applies to persons arrested on or after the appointed day.

The Bill for the 2016 Act received Royal Assent on 13 January 2016. Sections 71, 73 to 77 and 115 to 118 came into force the following day.


(This note is not part of the Order)

ProvisionDate of CommencementInstrument No.
Sections 1 to 4125 January 2018S.S.I. 2017/345
Sections 43 to 5925 January 2018S.S.I. 2017/345
Sections 60 to 6417 January 2017S.S.I. 2016/426
Sections 65 to 6911 May 2017S.S.I. 2017/99
Section 7211 May 2017S.S.I. 2017/99
Section 7817 January 2017S.S.I. 2016/426
Sections 79, 80 and 81(1), (2) and (5)29 May 2017S.S.I. 2017/99
Section 81(3) and (4)31 July 2017S.S.I. 2017/99
Section 81(6) and (7)28 August 2017S.S.I. 2017/99
Sections 82 and 8317 January 2017S.S.I. 2016/426
Section 8410 March 2016S.S.I. 2016/95
Sections 87 to 9617 January 2017S.S.I. 2016/426
Section 9725 January 2018S.S.I. 2017/345
Sections 98 to 10117 January 2017S.S.I. 2016/426
Sections 104 to 10617 January 2017S.S.I. 2016/426
Section 10925 January 2018S.S.I. 2017/345
Section 110(1) and (2)(b)25 January 2018S.S.I. 2017/345
Sections 110(2)(a) and 111(1)17 January 2017S.S.I. 2016/426
Section 1121 July 2016S.S.I 2016/199
Schedule 125 January 2018S.S.I. 2017/345
Schedule 225 January 2018S.S.I. 2017/345