Consultation on the Letter of Rights for Scotland

Closed 13 Dec 2019

Opened 1 Oct 2019

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The Letter of Rights is given to 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 is fit for purpose, the Scottish Government is keen to gather views on the content and language used in the letter and the formats in which it is made accessible.

Why We Are Consulting

The purpose of this consultation is to seek the views of key stakeholders and members of the public on the current Letter of Rights for Scotland.

Read the consultation paper 


  • Law and Order