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What is a Schedule 7 Examination
16 Nov 2018
Article by: Robert Borwick


Examinations are used to determine whether an individual is concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism. 

These can be used in respect of a person in a port or border area, about to embark or disembark a ship, aircraft or international train.

To determine whether someone should be examined an officer will conduct screening questions.  At this stage there is no compulsion on the person to answer these questions.

Once selected for examination a person MUST be notified that they are being examined for that purpose under schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000.  The examining officer must:

The initial examination time is limited to an hour.  Before the expiry of an hour the examining officer must detain the person if they want to examine him or her further.  Any examination beyond an hour without detention is unlawful.  Once detained the detention must be reviewed before the end of the period of one hour from the start of detention.  Subsequent reviews must take place at intervals of no more than two hours from the conclusion of the previous review.  The review officer must be satisfied that continued detention is necessary.

The maximum period of examination, including detention, must not exceed six hours from the start of the examination.  A person is entitled to refreshments, regular breaks and healthcare.

A person being examined under schedule 7:

An examining officer must cease to examine once they are satisfied that sufficient information has been obtained to make a determination.

Should you require any further advice or assistance in respect of Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act please contact Akhtar Ahmad on 0344 587 9996

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