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Letter of rights for people in police custody in Scotland

Published: 24 Jan 2018
Part of:
Equality and rights, Law and order
ISBN:
9781788513265

This letter for people held in police custody in Scotland, sets out their rights in straightforward language. This version was updated in January 2018.

5 page PDF

195.9kB

5 page PDF

195.9kB

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Letter of rights for people in police custody in Scotland
Letter of Rights

5 page PDF

195.9kB

Letter of Rights

This leaflet gives you important information about your rights when you are at the police station.

By rights we mean important freedoms and supports that the law says everyone can have. Knowing about your rights will help you be sure that you are being treated fairly by the police.

Please read this information as soon as possible. It will help you to make decisions when you are at the police station. Please ask for help if you do not understand anything in this leaflet. Please ask if you want an easy-read copy or a translation.

Your rights:

1. You have the right to know why the police are keeping you at the police station.

2. You have the right to know what the police think you have done.

3. You have the right not to speak. You do not have to answer any questions the police ask you. But you do have to give your name, address, date of birth, where you were born and your nationality.

4. You have the right to have someone else told you are at the police station. If you are under 16, this must be a parent or guardian. If you are 16 or over, this might be a family member, a carer or a friend.

5. You have the right to have a lawyer told that you are at the police station. This is free.

6. You have the right to speak to a lawyer in private at any time. This is free.

7. You have the right to have a lawyer present if the police interview you. This is free.

8. If you are under 16, a lawyer must be present when the police interview you unless there are exceptional circumstances. If you are 16 or 17 and subject to a compulsory supervision order, a lawyer must be present when the police interview you unless there are exceptional circumstances.

9. If you are under 16 you have the right to be visited by your parent or guardian at the police station.

10. If you are 16 or 17 and subject to a compulsory supervision order you have the right to be visited by your parent or guardian at the police station.

11. You have the right to medical help if you are ill or injured.


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