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Police Scotland to cough 0.001% of annual income for unlawful RIPA spying

katrinab Silver badge

"Now, police must at least get a magistrate to rubber-stamp such spying warrants."

Scotland doesn't have magistrates, except in Glasgow. It could presumably be approved by a Justice of the Peace or a Sheriff. Glasgow magistrates are slightly more senior than Justices of the Peace. Sheriffs in Scotland are a type of judge, not a police chief as in the US, and much more senior.

Unless, maybe you mean a Magistrate in Glasgow, a Sheriff elsewhere?

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