richardclarke

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Scottish Government response to review of legal services regulation

26th June 2019

Minister for Community Safety Ash Denham has outlined the Scottish Government’s response to Esther Roberton’s review of legal services regulation in Scotland. Ms Denham said: “I’m grateful to Esther Roberton and her team for their work to consider what changes may be needed to the regulation of legal services in Scotland. We will also give…

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Justice Secretary comments on firearms statistics

23rd April 2019

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)….

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Personal Licence Renewals

18th March 2019

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…

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Domestic Abuse

27th November 2018

Number of cases recorded by police remains around 60,000 a year. Cabinet Secretary for Justice Humza Yousaf has responded to official statistics showing there were 59,541 domestic abuse incidents recorded by Police Scotland last year – up 1% on 2016-17. In line with previous years, around four out of every five incidents of domestic abuse…

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The week in review

21st September 2018

This week’s round-up includes the Justice Secretary learning latte art at the new Street & Arrow café, London’s bid to take the lessons learned in Scotland to set up its own violence reduction unit, and a response to Brexit’s impact on law and order. Recipe to reduce violence A new café serving up second chances…

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Guest Blog on Human Trafficking

23rd July 2018

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

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

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

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

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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