Justice and Safety

  • The Week in Review

    17th November 2017 by

    New Police Authority chair Susan Deacon was this week announced as the new chair of the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) board. She replaces Andrew Flanagan who announced his intention to step down in June of this year, and will be in post for four years. Ms Deacon, a former Minister and current Assistant Principal External Relations at...

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  • Matheson responds to HMCIS retiral plans

    14th November 2017 by

    Cabinet Secretary for Justice Michael Matheson has responded to the announcement by Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary in Scotland Derek Penman that he is to retire next year. Mr Penman, who was first appointed to the post on 31 January 2014 , has given notice to the Scottish Government of his intention to retire...

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  • The week in review

    11th November 2017 by

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    This week’s round-up includes work to improve partnerships between health, law enforcement and other justice agencies, and action to strengthen cyber-security and ensure Scotland is ready to deal with all emerging threats. Pardon for gay men over historical law convictions This week First Minister Nicola Sturgeon made a statement of apology to those men convicted before...

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  • The week in review

    4th November 2017 by

    Scottish Government Human Trafficking campaign

    Cross-border co-operation in fighting crime, new powers to tackle human trafficking, and the work of Scotland’s prisons are among the issues in this week’s round-up from the Justice and Safer Communities portfolio. Europol Executive Director of Europol Rob Wainwright was in Edinburgh on Tuesday and caught up with Justice Secretary Michael Matheson and Brexit Minister...

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  • The week in review

    28th October 2017 by

    Brave@Heart

    Welcome back to our weekly round-up following the return of Parliamentary business this week. Cashback in the frame Throughout this week Twitter has been awash with #cashbackselfie photos – posted by individuals and organisations right across Scotland.  Scottish Government Ministers have joined young people, sports stars and community groups to highlight the work of this unique...

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  • Restorative Justice is the way forward

    13th October 2017 by

    Guest blog by Tom Halpin, Chief Executive of Sacro  Sacro has been providing services based on restorative practices in Scotland for over 30 years. Over time we have seen the practice evolve to the fully-developed and highly-regarded restorative justice services we see today. For people harmed by crime, the practice can bring long-term healing by allowing them...

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  • Homicide in Scotland 2016-17

    10th October 2017 by

    Homicide in Scotland, 2016-17 - 10 year trend

    Commenting on today’s publication of Homicide in Scotland 2016-17, Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said: “While we have seen large reductions in homicides over the past 10 years, every death represents a tragic loss of life, leaving friends and families grieving. “That is why we will maintain our efforts across justice and public services, through education...

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  • The week in review

    6th October 2017 by

    Annabelle Ewing in the Scottish Parliament.

    Our latest weekly round-up of issues and ministerial activities in the Justice and Safer Communities portfolio. Legal milestone for child abuse victims This week saw the abolition of long-standing three-year ‘time-bar’ which has prevented survivors of childhood abuse being able to take civil legal action pursuing damages. Minister for Community Safety & Legal Affairs Annabelle...

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  • Justice Secretary thanks frontline staff and volunteers as major counter-terror exercise ends

    5th October 2017 by

    Commenting following the conclusion of a 3-day counter-terrorism exercise in Scotland and Northern England, Cabinet Secretary for Justice Michael Matheson said: “I am very grateful to all of our blue light services, other public servants and volunteers, as well as RBS, for the huge effort, both in recent days and over the last year in...

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  • The week in review

    29th September 2017 by

    Domestic abuse legislation, fire service performance and new research into jury decision-making were among the issues on Ministers’ agenda this week. National Police Memorial Day We would like to take this opportunity to once again remember the police officers, including 273 in Scotland, who lost their lives on duty since 1812.  On Sunday, Justice Secretary Michael...

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