Lucy Smith

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Brexit contingency planning stepped up

18th March 2019

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…

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First meeting of Victims Taskforce

12th December 2018

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

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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The week in review

18th November 2018

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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Justice Secretary comments on homicide figures

30th October 2018

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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Can we measure justice?

17th October 2018

Guest bloggers and researchers Sarah Armstrong, Beth Weaver and Trish McCulloch ask whether we can measure justice and how different people experience justice? How do people experience justice? How do people decide if justice is just? These questions are at the heart of a project launching today, carried out by researchers at Dundee, Glasgow and…

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Justice Secretary reflects on stop and search

12th October 2018

Writing in the Scotsman this week, Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf reflected on the use of stop and search and how improved guidance for police has introduced a better balance between individual rights and allowing the police to continue to address crime in all its aspects. One of the key challenges for any government minister is…

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The week in review

28th September 2018

This week’s round up includes the launch of a new marketing campaign against hate crime, the latest action to tackle gender-based violence in universities and colleges, new recorded crime stats and more. Standing up to hate crime Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf and Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell met victims of hate crime at the Writer’s Museum…

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National Missing Person Framework for Scotland: An Update

29th May 2018

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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The week in review

11th May 2018

Welcome to our week in review. This week, young people are front-and-centre of the news, inspiring peers and taking on new challenges thanks to Cashback for Communities. No knives better lives – a visit to Braeview Academy in Dundee Youth volunteers from Police Scotland met with S1 and S2 pupils and the Justice Secretary at…

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