Justice and Safety

  • First meeting of Victims Taskforce

    12th December 2018 by

    Group to drive progress to ensure victims’ voices are strengthened meets for the first time. A new expert group will today (Wednesday 12 December) meet for the first time to improve support, advice and information for victims of crime. Co-chaired by the Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf and Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC, the Victims Taskforce...

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  • Groundbreaking centre to be launched for Edinburgh and the Lothians

    11th December 2018 by

    A pioneering centre for children, young people and adults who have been victims of sexual assault and other forms of abuse and neglect is to be created for Edinburgh and the Lothians. A group of agencies have joined forces to develop the £2.9m bespoke facility, which will be the first of its kind in Scotland...

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  • Festive drink-drive warning

    27th November 2018 by

    Campaign highlights the consequences of drink driving Minister for Community Safety, Ash Denham, Lord Advocate, James Wolffe QC, and Assistant Chief Constable Mark Williams launched the festive drink-drive awareness and enforcement campaign in Edinburgh today, to highlight the criminal and personal consequences of being found guilty of drink-driving. New research reveals Scots believe the top...

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  • Domestic Abuse

    27th November 2018 by

    Number of cases recorded by police remains around 60,000 a year. Cabinet Secretary for Justice Humza Yousaf has responded to official statistics showing there were 59,541 domestic abuse incidents recorded by Police Scotland last year – up 1% on 2016-17. In line with previous years, around four out of every five incidents of domestic abuse...

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  • The week in review

    18th November 2018 by

    This week’s round up includes plans to consult on the use and regulation of fireworks, 50 years of the Parole Board for Scotland and the latest on the Age of Criminal Responsibility Bill. Fireworks consultation Community Safety Minister Ash Denham announced plans for a consultation on the use and regulation of fireworks in Scotland. Fireworks...

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  • Appropriate Adult service consultation

    12th November 2018 by

    Responses to consultation on establishing a statutory Appropriate Adult service were overwhelmingly supportive, analysis has shown. Appropriate Adult services ensure vulnerable people with communication difficulties are supported during contact with police – for example during interviews and other police station procedures. Appropriate Adults can assist victims, witnesses, suspects and accused in police investigations who are...

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  • The week in review

    11th November 2018 by

    This week’s round-up includes a visit to see community payback orders in action, bonfire night activity and the passing of the Prescriptions Bill. Emergency Service thanks Community Safety Minister Ash Denham joined the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service (SFRS) and other partners in urging people across Scotland to enjoy fireworks safely on Bonfire Night.  Later...

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  • The week in review

    3rd November 2018 by

    Humza Yousaf visits Barlinnie Prison on October 31st

    This week’s round up includes new investment to support child and vulnerable witnesses, latest official figures for homicide in Scotland, and ministerial engagements with a range of justice system professionals. Supporting child and vulnerable witnesses Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has announced £950,000 to improve evidence facilities for children and vulnerable adults. The new Scottish Courts...

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  • Justice Secretary comments on homicide figures

    30th October 2018 by

    Commenting on today’s publication of Homicide in Scotland 2017-18, Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf said: “While the number of homicides in Scotland has fallen this year and has reduced significantly over the last 10 years, one death is one too many. Behind these figures are grieving families and friends and my sincere sympathies go out to...

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  • Safer Communities and Justice Brief : October 2018

    29th October 2018 by

    Scottish Government Justice Analytical Services have recently published the October edition of the Monthly Safer Communities and Justice Brief. This brief provides, in a single place, a concise but comprehensive overview of all the most important Justice and Safer Communities statistics. The brief includes a special feature on its back page, with this month’s article on...

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