Enforcement of sentences of imprisonment

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

International Criminal Court (Scotland) Act 2001 (2015)


23 Detention in Scotland of certain prisoners

(1) This section applies where the Scottish Ministers have agreed, in pursuance of section 42(2)(b) of the 2001 Act (duty to issue warrant where the Scottish Ministers agree that a person should be detained in Scotland), that a person on whom a sentence of imprisonment has been imposed (a “prisoner”) should be detained in Scotland.

(2) The warrant issued by the Scottish Ministers under that section of the 2001 Act shall include provision authorising—
(a) the detention of the prisoner in Scotland in accordance with the sentence imposed; and
(b) the taking of the prisoner to a specified place where the prisoner is to be detained,
(any such warrant being referred to in this section as a “Scottish warrant”).

(3) The provisions of a Scottish warrant—
(a) may be varied by the Scottish Ministers; and
(b) shall be so varied to give effect to any variation of the sentence.

(4) Subject to section 24 of this Act, a prisoner subject to a Scottish warrant shall be treated for all purposes as if the prisoner were subject to a sentence of imprisonment imposed in exercise of its criminal jurisdiction by a court in Scotland.

24 Limited disapplication of certain provisions relating to sentences

The following provisions shall not apply in relation to a person detained in Scotland in pursuance of section 42(2)(b) of the 2001 Act—
(a) any provision of rules made under section 39 of the Prisons (Scotland) Act 1989 (c.45) (prison rules) providing for temporary release;
(b) section 40(2) of that Act of 1989 (deduction of periods unlawfully at large); and
(c) sections 1, 1AA, 1A, 2, 3, 3AA, 9, 10 and 27(7) of the Prisoners and Criminal Proceedings (Scotland) Act 1993 (c.9) (transfer and release of prisoners).

25 Amendment of Mental Health (Scotland) Act 1984

Rome Statute

Article 103 Role of States in enforcement of sentences of imprisonment


(a) A sentence of imprisonment shall be served in a State designated by the Court from a list of States which have indicated to the Court their willingness to accept sentenced persons.

(b) At the time of declaring its willingness to accept sentenced persons, a State may attach conditions to its acceptance as agreed by the Court and in accordance with this Part.

(c) A State designated in a particular case shall promptly inform the Court whether it accepts the Court's designation.


(a) The State of enforcement shall notify the Court of any circumstances, including the exercise of any conditions agreed under paragraph 1, which could materially affect the terms or extent of the imprisonment. The Court shall be given at least 45 days' notice of any such known or foreseeable circumstances. During this period, the State of enforcement shall take no action that might prejudice its obligations under article 110.

(b) Where the Court cannot agree to the circumstances referred to in subparagraph (a), it shall notify the State of enforcement and proceed in accordance with article 104, paragraph 1.

3. In exercising its discretion to make a designation under paragraph 1, the Court shall take into account the following:

(a) The principle that States Parties should share the responsibility for enforcing sentences of imprisonment, in accordance with principles of equitable distribution, as provided in the Rules of Procedure and Evidence;

(b) The application of widely accepted international treaty standards governing the treatment of prisoners;

(c) The views of the sentenced person;

(d) The nationality of the sentenced person;

(e) Such other factors regarding the circumstances of the crime or the person sentenced, or the effective enforcement of the sentence, as may be appropriate in designating the State of enforcement.

4. If no State is designated under paragraph 1, the sentence of imprisonment shall be served in a prison facility made available by the host State, in accordance with the conditions set out in the headquarters agreement referred to in article 3, paragraph 2. In such a case, the costs arising out of the enforcement of a sentence of imprisonment shall be borne by the Court.

Article 105 Enforcement of the sentence

1. Subject to conditions which a State may have specified in accordance with article 103, paragraph 1 (b), the sentence of imprisonment shall be binding on the States Parties, which shall in no case modify it.

2. The Court alone shall have the right to decide any application for appeal and revision. The State of enforcement shall not impede the making of any such application by a sentenced person.