Essay about Scottish Legal System

1914 Words Apr 3rd, 2011 8 Pages
SCOTTISH LEGAL SYSTEM

Contents Page

Introduction
Terms of Reference
Procedure
Findings
Conclusion
References/Bibliography
Appendices
Introduction:

I. The role of the police in Scotland *
The role of the procurator fiscal service in Scotland *
The role of the Lord Advocate and the Crown Office *

1. Terms of Reference

* Your first task is to investigate the role of the police. Answer the questions and attempt the exercise that fallows. Retain your answers for inclusion in your portfolio and report or presentation.

* Your second task is to investigate the role of the procurator fiscal service. Again, answer the
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If they are detained or arrested they can be searched, fingerprinted and photographed.
The police may take hair samples, nail clippings or samples of external bodily fluids without warrant. For any search of an intimate nature, or to take any blood or urine samples they must have a warrant. The items which the police take from people should all be written down, then they will be asked to sign a list of all items removed, do not sign if the list is incorrect, and sign immediately after the last item so there is no room for additions.
But people must only be searched in as a private place as possible and by an officer of the same sex.
If after the search are people released and no charge is brought against them, then all evidence made on them must be destroyed.
Take fingerprints
If people are detained or arrested, the police can take their fingerprints.
Hold identity parades
If people are detained or arrested the police have the right to take the identity parade to ensure that they are the right suspect. This is done by a witness or a victim to the crime which has been committed. Necessary circumstances before the police can:
Detain a suspect
The police may detain a person if they reasonable suspect him/her of being involved in an offence/crime but wish time to interrogate (question) them and obtain further evidence e.g. by searching them. They may be detained for up to 6

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