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Age of Legal Capacity (Scotland) Act 1991
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Long title: An Act to make provision in the law of Scotland as to the legal capacity of persons under the age of 18 years to enter into transactions, as to the setting aside and ratification by the court of transactions entered into by such persons and as to guardians of persons under the age of 16 years; to make provision in the law of Scotland relating to the time and date at which a person shall be taken to attain a particular age; and for connected purposes.
Statute book chapter: 1991 c. 50
Territorial extent: Scotland
Date of Royal Assent: 25 July 1991
Commencement: 25 September 1991
Other legislation
Amendments: Children (Scotland) Act 1995
Status: Current legislation
Text of statute as originally enacted
Official text of the statute as amended and in force today within the United Kingdom, from the UK Statute Law Database

The Age of Legal Capacity (Scotland) Act 1991 (c.50) is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom which reduced the age of majority in Scotland from 18 to 16 for the purposes of contract law. It also reduced to 12 the age at which a child could write a will.

The Scottish age of majority had previously been reduced from 21 by the Age of Majority (Scotland) Act 1969. This act is still in force for purposes not covered by the 1991 legislation.

Under the Age Legal Capacity Scotland Act 1991. Under 16's generally have no capacity unless, section 2 states that 1)anyone can enter into a contract only if it is commonly known by persons of their age group 2) and on terms which are not unreasonable. section 1 states that anyone 16+ generally has full capacity, but protection for some contracts entered between 16-18. Possible set aside if you apply to the courts before the age of 21. Restrictions to not get out of the contract are: 1)if it is connected to your trade/ profession 2) if yourself accepted the contract 3) if you lied about his/her age when setting up the contract and not if ratified in advance.



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