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Definition of Escape

In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Escape :

The common-law offence of escaping from lawful custody. The custody may be in prison or a police station, or even in the open air. The escaper need not have been charged with any offence, provided his detention is lawful (e.g. he may be detained to provide a *specimen of breath). Nor is it necessary for him to commit any act of breaking out. It is also an offence to help the escape of a prisoner and to permit a prisoner who is detained in relation to a criminal matter to escape. If someone actually breaks out of a building in which he is lawfully confined he commits a separate offence of prison breaking.

Escape stair in the Building (Scotland) Act 2003

Meaning of Escape stair in the context of the Building (Scotland) Act 2003: a stair or ramp forming part of an escape route.

Escape route in the Building (Scotland) Act 2003

Meaning of Escape route in the context of the Building (Scotland) Act 2003:a route by which a person may reach a place of safety, and in relation to:

a. a storey, a space or an access deck, a route from an exit from that storey, space oraccess deck

b. a room, a route from an exit of that rooms

c. an inner room, other than an inner room in a dwelling, a route from an exit of the roomwhich provides access to the inner room

d. a flat or maisonette, a route from the main entrance door of that flat or maisonette

e. a gallery, catwalk or openwork floor, a route from any doorway of, or from the head of any unenclosed escape stair from, that gallery, catwalk or openwork floor

f. a place of special fire risk, a route from an exit of that room or from an exit of theprotected lobby serving that room, or from an exit of the room or lobby separating the place of special fire risk from any other accommodation, as the case may be.



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  • Article Name: Escape
  • Author: Agostino Von Hassell
  • Description: Definition of Escape In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Escape : The common-law [...]

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