Forced Marriage etc (Protection and Jurisdiction) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 22nd March 2011.

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Photo of Alex Neil Alex Neil Scottish National Party

Amendment 5 will ensure that if a person is convicted for breach of a forced marriage protection order, that person cannot thereafter be punished again for contempt of court for the same conduct that constituted the breach. Although the person cannot thereafter be punished for contempt, the amendment will not alter the fact that the individual could still be convicted of a separate criminal offence, such as assault. The amendment will therefore ensure that any criminal offence in relation to conduct involving cases of forced marriage can be prosecuted by the courts and sentenced appropriately.

I move amendment 5.

Amendment 5 agreed to.

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