Justice and Safety

  • The week in review

    15th June 2018 by

    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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  • The week in review

    9th June 2018 by

    The week’s round-up includes new research into local experiences and wider public perceptions of serious organised crime, an independent review into the impact of policing the 1980s miners’ strike on communities, and Parliament’s unanimous approval for legislation delivering an automatic pardon for historical convictions for homosexuality. (Thanks to Anna Davidson who visited the Justice comms desk this week, for assisting with...

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  • The week in review

    2nd June 2018 by

    This week’s round-up blog includes evidence on the long-term impacts of adverse childhood events, an announcement of new investment to expand the ‘Navigators’ emergency-room violence prevention project, and the publication of a major independent review of Scotland’s hate crime laws. Injured officers The thoughts of Ministers, and all of us in the Safer Communities and...

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  • The week in review

    25th May 2018 by

    Mr Matheson on tackling human trafficking

    This week’s round-up includes news of greater public awareness of human trafficking in Scotland, the latest independent assurance on police call-handling improvements, and the appointment of a new independent inspector for the country’s prisons. Growing public awareness of human trafficking A survey published this week highlighted growing public awareness of human trafficking in Scotland with...

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  • The week in review

    18th May 2018 by

    Ministers have had another busy week dealing with and meeting with key partners across a range of justice system and public safety issues – from launching a consultation on a major review of family law, to seeing first-hand an innovative scheme to help steer young people away from the risk of being drawn into serious...

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  • The week in review

    11th May 2018 by

    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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  • The week in review

    4th May 2018 by

    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

    27th April 2018 by

    This week’s round-up includes the launch of new guidance to tackle gender-based violence on campus, CashBack funding for creative and cultural projects, launch of the consultation on Scotland’s disclosure regime, water safety awareness and a new family centre at HMP Shotts. Tackling sexual violence and harassment on campus Fiona Drouet says "This is Emily's legacy…institutions...

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  • The week in review

    20th April 2018 by

    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 by

    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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