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Legal Matters

  • The 1707 Act of Union preserved the Scottish legal system as separate from the law in England and Wales.
  • Police have the power to detain, for up to 24 hours, anyone suspected of having committed an offence punishable by imprisonment (including drug offences).
  • If you need legal assistance, contact the Scottish Legal Aid Board.
  • Possession of cannabis is illegal, with a spoken warning for first offenders with small amounts. Fines and prison sentences apply for repeat offences and larger quantities. Possession of harder drugs is much more serious. Police have the right to search anyone they suspect of possessing drugs.