The Letter of Rights is given to all suspects and accused persons held in police custody in Scotland. Its purpose is to clearly explain their rights as provided for in domestic legislation.
The Scottish Government introduced a non-statutory Letter of Rights for Scotland in 2013 which was updated in 2018 to take account of provisions under the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2016.
Following the introduction of an updated Letter of Rights in January 2018, to coincide with commencement of part 1 of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2016, the Scottish Government undertook to consult on potential changes to the Letter of Rights in 2019 to capture lessons learned.
To ensure the Letter of Rights continues to be fit for purpose, the Scottish Government gathered views on the content and language used in the Letter and the formats in which it is made accessible.