- 26 Oct 2018
Date received: 1 October 2018
Date responded: 22 October 2018
How many prosecutions have been made under Section 24 of the Marriage (Scotland) Act 1977 and for the crime of Bigamy under common law in each of the following years: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 (in financial or calendar years, however this information is held).
Of those in question 1 and for the same time period: (i) Please provide how many cautions were given (ii) Please provide how many reports were made to Police Scotland under Section 24 which were not prosecuted (iii) Please provide how many custodial sentences were issued and if possible the length of sentence.
With regards to question 1 and (iii), the available information for the period between 2013-14 and 2016-17 shows: There were no prosecutions with a main charge under section 24 of the Marriage (S) Act 1977. One person was prosecuted in 2014-15 for a main charge of Bigamy, no custodial sentence was issued.
Reasons for not providing information
(ii) Please provide how many reports were made to Police Scotland under Section 24 which were not prosecuted – this information is not held centrally. Police Scotland may receive a report of a crime but not have sufficient evidence to refer the case on to the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service.
This is a formal notice under section 17(1) of FOISA that the Scottish Government does not have the information you have requested.
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Central Enquiry Unit
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The Scottish Government
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