Justice and Safety
13th June 2019 by Russell Fallis
Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has welcomed an independent report into the use of police stop and search powers. The report on the Stop and Search Code of Practice, carried out by the Independent Advisory Group covers the first 12 months of the code’s operation up to 31 May 2018. Mr Yousaf said: “I am grateful to the independent advisory group, whose work has provided police, Parliament and the...
30th May 2019 by Lucy Smith
Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has welcomed the publication of progress reviews by HM Inspectorate of Prisons for Scotland (HMIPS) and HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) into the arrangements for home detention curfew (HDC) in Scotland. Both independent reviews identify good progress against the recommendations made by the Inspectorates in October last year. The...
21st May 2019 by Lucy Smith
Responding to the findings of the Expert Review of the Provision of Mental Health Services, for young people entering and in custody at HMP YOI Polmont, Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf said: “I am grateful to HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland and Dr Helen Smith for the breadth and depth of work on this detailed report....
30th April 2019 by Humza Yousaf MSP
The Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service today published the Standards and Services for Victims and Witnesses Annual Report on Performance for 2018-2019 (Available to read here. Word doc, 2.4MB). Commenting on the report, Cabinet Secretary for Justice Humza Yousaf said: “We recognise that having to engage with the criminal justice system can be a challenging...
23rd April 2019 by richardclarke
The Scottish Government has today published official statistics on recorded crimes and offences involving firearms for 2016-17 and 2017-18. The statistics show that in 2017-18 police in Scotland recorded 348 offences in which a firearm was alleged to have been involved, a decrease of 1% from 2016-17 (350 offences) and 13% from 2015-16 (402 offences)....
25th March 2019 by jackmatthews
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Cabinet Secretary for Justice Humza Yousaf visited Glasgow East Women’s Aid this morning (25 March 2019) to hear how staff are preparing for the Domestic Abuse Act coming into force in seven days. The Act creates a new offence of domestic abuse which covers psychological harm as well as physical...
18th March 2019 by richardclarke
Do you hold a Personal Licence to sell alcohol in Scotland? If your licence was issued on or before 1 Sep 2009 you need to renew it now. The absolute deadline for renewals is 31 May 2019. If you miss this deadline and your licence expires you could lose the right to sell alcohol on...
18th March 2019 by Lucy Smith
Justice Secretary briefed on Police Scotland’s EU exit preparations. Cabinet Secretary for Justice Humza Yousaf has been updated by senior Police Scotland officers today on how the service is getting ready to deal with the implications of an EU exit. The Cabinet Secretary visited the Brexit Coordination Centre at Bilston Glen, Midlothian, to hear about...
6th February 2019 by Russell Fallis
Cabinet Secretary for Justice Humza Yousaf has responded to the announcement by Police Scotland of plans to put 360 officers on standby to deal with any incidents relating to the potential impact of the UK’s decision to leave the EU. The Cabinet Secretary said: “Decisions around officer deployment, contingency planning and mutual aid are operational...
20th January 2019 by megangordon
This week’s round up includes a newly launched consultation on defamation, the latest on a review of mental health support for young people in custody and work to stop young people from running away.