Justice and Safety

  • Introducing Justice Digital & Strategy

    9th August 2018 by

    Justice Digital & Strategy is a recently established team within the Justice Directorate of the Scottish Government. Our mission is to drive, support and enable transformation to create a Scottish justice system fit for the 21st century. The impetus to harness digital to deliver better justice services in Scotland dates back much further though. In...

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  • Guest Blog on Human Trafficking

    23rd July 2018 by

    This week we welcome a guest blog from 17 year old college student Alice Somerville, who tells us about her time in the Scottish Government’s Human Trafficking team as part of a 4 week paid internship from Career Ready. Career Ready is a UK wide charity linking employers with schools and colleges to open up...

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  • Justice Secretary Briefed on Preparations for President Trump’s Visit to Scotland

    10th July 2018 by

    Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has today received a briefing by senior Police Scotland officers on how the service is preparing for the upcoming visit of the US President and the protests expected to take place in various locations. Mr Yousaf has urged those attending any protests this weekend, when President Trump visits Scotland, to do...

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  • The week in review

    22nd June 2018 by

    The week’s round-up includes praise for the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service response to the Glasgow School of Art fire, the announcement of an independent review of Police Conduct and complaints handling processes, and the Cabinet Secretary’s welcome for the introduction of Offensive Weapons legislation at Westminster. Glasgow School of Art fire – Services response On...

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  • The week in review

    15th June 2018 by

    The week’s round-up includes the publication of legislation which would allow more pre-recording of evidence by vulnerable witnesses ahead of criminal trials, the launch of a new water rescue vessel in Aberdeen and the publication of the Damages Bill. More pre-recording of evidence for criminal trials Legislation to enable the greater use of pre-recording of evidence by...

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  • Human Trafficking and Exploitation – First Annual Progress Report

    14th June 2018 by

    Mr Matheson on tackling human trafficking

    Cabinet Secretary for Justice Michael Matheson has updated Parliament on progress in tackling human trafficking and exploitation in the past 12 months. Read Mr Matheson’s full statement on the main Scottish Government website. ‘Trafficking and Exploitation: Strategy – First Annual Progress Report’ is available online. Key figures look back on the progress that has been...

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  • The week in review

    9th June 2018 by

    The week’s round-up includes new research into local experiences and wider public perceptions of serious organised crime, an independent review into the impact of policing the 1980s miners’ strike on communities, and Parliament’s unanimous approval for legislation delivering an automatic pardon for historical convictions for homosexuality. (Thanks to Anna Davidson who visited the Justice comms desk this week, for assisting with...

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  • Safer Communities & Justice Brief : May 2018

    4th June 2018 by

    Scottish Government Justice Analytical Services have recently published the May 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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  • The week in review

    2nd June 2018 by

    This week’s round-up blog includes evidence on the long-term impacts of adverse childhood events, an announcement of new investment to expand the ‘Navigators’ emergency-room violence prevention project, and the publication of a major independent review of Scotland’s hate crime laws. Injured officers The thoughts of Ministers, and all of us in the Safer Communities and...

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  • National Missing Person Framework for Scotland: An Update

    29th May 2018 by

    People who go missing often do so because they lack that sense of belonging and have lost the trust in society that most of us take for granted. In any given year, well over 20,000 missing person investigations are conducted in Scotland. Many of these relate to vulnerable individuals who may be at risk of...

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