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Criminal Law (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 1995

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  1. Introductory Text


    1. Incest and related offences

      1. 1. Incest.

      2. 2. Intercourse with step-child.

      3. 3. Intercourse of person in position of trust with child under 16.

      4. 4. Proceedings and penalties for offences under sections 1 and 2.

    2. Offences against children

      1. 5. Intercourse with girl under 16.

      2. 6. Indecent behaviour towards girl between 12 and 16.

    3. Procuring, prostitution etc.

      1. 7. Procuring.

      2. 8. Abduction and unlawful detention.

      3. 9. Permitting girl to use premises for intercourse.

      4. 10. Seduction, prostitution, etc., of girl under 16.

      5. 11. Trading in prostitution and brothel-keeping.

      6. 12. Allowing child to be in brothel.

      7. 12A.Sections 11(5) and 12: further provision

    4. Living on earnings of another from male prostitution

      1. 13. Homosexual offences.

    5. Miscellaneous

      1. 14. Power, on indictment for rape, etc., to convict of other offences.

      2. 15. Defence to charge of indecent assault.

      3. 16. Power of search.

      4. 16A. Conspiracy or incitement to commit certain sexual acts outside the United Kingdom.

      5. 16B. Commission of certain sexual acts outside the United Kingdom.

      6. 17. Liability to other criminal proceedings.


    1. 18. Designation of sports grounds and sporting events.

    2. 19. Alcohol on vehicles.

    3. 20. Sporting events: controls.

    4. 21. Police powers of enforcement.

    5. 22. Presumption as to contents of container.

    6. 23. Interpretation of Part II.

  4. Part III Investigation of Revenue and Customs offences

    1. Investigation of offences by HMRC

      1. 23A.Investigation of offences by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs

    2. Production orders

      1. 23B.Production orders

      2. 23C.Production orders: supplementary

      3. 23D.Offences in relation to production orders

    3. Revenue and Customs warrants

      1. 23E.Revenue and Customs warrants

    4. Orders and warrants: common provisions

      1. 23F.Procedure where documents etc removed

      2. 23G.Access to and copies of documents etc removed

      3. 23H.Failure to comply with requirements of section 23F and 23G

      4. 23J.Confidentiality

      5. 23K.Meaning of “document” etc

    5. Execution and enforcement of orders and warrants outwith Scotland

      1. 23L.Cross-border exercise of powers

    6. Detention and questioning of suspects and witnesses

      1. 23M.Powers relating to suspects and potential witnesses

      2. 23N.Fingerprinting of persons suspected of offences

      3. 23P.Offences arising from breach of requirements under sections 23M and 23N

      4. 24.Detention and questioning : Revenue and Customs, immigration and nationality offences

      5. 24A.Extension of period of detention under section 24

      6. 24B.Extension under section 24A: procedure

      7. 25. Right to have someone informed when detained.

      8. 25A.Right of suspects to have access to a solicitor

      9. 26.Detention in connection with certain drug smuggling offences.

    7. Power of arrest

      1. 26A.Power of arrest

    8. General provisions

      1. 26B.Interpretation of Part 3 etc

      2. 26C.Investigations by designated customs officials


    1. 27. Lord Advocate’s direction.

    2. 28. Powers of investigation.

    3. 29. Offences in relation to investigations under section 28.

    4. 30. Disclosure of information.


    1. Investigations and disclosure of information

      1. 31. Order to make material available.

      2. 32. Authority for search.

      3. 33. Interpretation of sections 31 and 32.

      4. 34. Prosecution by order of the Commissioners of Customs and Excise.

      5. 35. Disclosure of information held by government departments.

    2. Offences

      1. 36. Offence of prejudicing investigation.

      2. 37. Acquisition, possession or use of proceeds of drug trafficking.

      3. 38. Offence of assisting another to retain the proceeds of drug trafficking.

      4. 39. Failure to disclose knowledge or suspicion of money laundering.

      5. 40. Tipping-off.

      6. 41. Offences relating to controlled drugs: fines.

      7. 42. Extension of certain offences to Crown servants and exemptions for regulators etc.

      8. 43. Interpretation of Part V.


    1. False oaths etc.

      1. 44. False statements and declarations.

      2. 45. Provisions supplementary to section 44.

      3. 46. Proceedings.

    2. False monetary instruments

      1. 46A.False monetary instruments

    3. Offensive weapons

      1. 47. Prohibition of the carrying of offensive weapons.

      2. 48. Search for offensive weapons.

      3. 49. Offence of having in public place article with blade or point.

      4. 49A. Offence of having article with blade or point (or offensive weapon) on school premises.

      5. 49B. Power of entry to search for articles with a blade or point and offensive weapons.

      6. 49C.Offence of having offensive weapon etc. in prison

      7. 50. Extension of constable’s power to stop, search and arrest without warrant.

    4. Racially-aggravated harassment

      1. 50A. Racially-aggravated harassment.

    5. Reset

      1. 51. Reset.

    6. Vandalism

      1. 52. Vandalism.

    7. General

      1. 53. Short title, commencement and extent.


    1. 1.Notes:

    2. 2.The following abbreviations are used in the Table:— Acts of...

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