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The week in review

4th May 2018

Welcome to this week’s round-up. Another busy seven days included a historic day for accessing civil justice, new fire appliances launched in the North East and an update on police numbers. Wider access to civil justice Civil justice will be more affordable, predictable and accessible following the unanimous passing of the Civil Litigation (Expenses and…

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The week in review

20th April 2018

Welcome back to our week in review – we hope you enjoyed Easter. This week, Ministers announced plans to extend an innovative community sentence project tackling domestic abuse, greater support for victims of crime, including families of murder victims, and support for an innovative outdoor learning residential and urban community-based project. We also saw a…

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The week in review

30th March 2018

This week marks the fifth anniversary of the creation of Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. With the anniversary itself on Sunday (April 1), look out for plenty of activity on Twitter and Facebook as well as police and fire partners as we mark five years of improvement. The anniversary hasn’t been…

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The week in review

16th March 2018

This week’s round-up includes new legislation to increase Scotland’s age of criminal responsibility, a visit to a project benefiting from CashBack for Communities funding and the publication of survey results examining young people’s views about Mosquito ‘anti-loitering’ devices. Bill to raise age of criminal responsibility The age of criminal responsibility is set to rise from eight to…

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The week in review

9th March 2018

This week’s round-up includes news on modernising Scottish justice – the first purpose-built Justice Centre in Inverness, a  turf cutting ceremony led by the Community Safety Minister, news from an ACEs awareness event led by Police Scotland and a big thank you from the Justice Secretary to Scotland’s mountain rescue teams, who have worked so hard during the recent…

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The week in review

2nd March 2018

This week’s round-up includes new statistics on human trafficking, new regulations of civil courts system and an independent review into legal aid system. Firstly though, on behalf of the public, the Justice and Safer Communities directorates would like to extend our thanks to all those across the Justice sector who have worked so hard during this week’s extreme…

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Response to Justice Committee report on Bill to repeal OBFTC Act

18th January 2018

Minister for Community Safety Annabelle Ewing has responded to the stage 1 report on report on the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Repeal) (Scotland) Bill. She said:“The vast majority of football supporters are well-behaved and the Act is a clear statement that no section of society is exempt from standards and behaviours that…

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Message from the Justice Secretary to police and fire staff

30th December 2017

In my time as Justice Secretary, I have been continually struck by the sheer professionalism and dedication of Scotland’s firefighters, police officers and the staff that work with them. There is no doubt that 2017 has been a challenging year. There have been changes in leadership, with Susan Deacon starting in her new role as…

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Christmas message from Justice Secretary to staff across the Scottish justice system

19th December 2017

This time of year often makes us think about spending time with families as we enjoy a few well-earned days off.  Let’s spare a thought for those who don’t always have Christmas morning with their kids or grandchildren; who won’t be sitting down to a turkey with loved ones on the 25th. The Scottish Prison…

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The week in Review

17th November 2017

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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