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Letter of Rights for People in Police Custody in Scotland

Letter of Rights for People in Police Custody in Scotland

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

ISBN: 9781788513265

This letter is provided to people held in police custody in Scotland, setting out their rights in straightforward language. This version was updated in January 2018.

Executive Summary

This Letter of Rights sets out the rights of people held in police custody in Scotland.

The Letter of Rights was updated in January 2018 to reflect changes brought about by commencement of Part 1 of the Criminal Justice Scotland Act 2016 on 25 January 2018.

Key rights include: the right to know why you are detained; the right to remain silent; the right to access free legal advice while in police custody; the right to have a solicitor present during police interviews; the right to have someone else told they are at the police station; rights in relation to enhanced protections for child suspects under 18 and nuanced protections for 16 and 17 year olds balancing their right to self-determination; and the right to urgent medical help.

The Letter of Rights is also available in other languages as well as in easy-read format.

Any other versions of this letter no longer apply.