Justice and Safety
15th June 2020 by richardclarke
The Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill seeks to modernise, consolidate and extend Scotland’s existing hate crime law – ensuring it is fit for modern Scotland. Current hate crime legislation has evolved over time in a fragmented manner. By providing greater clarity, transparency and consistency the new Bill – currently before the Scottish Parliament...
31st December 2019 by Lucy Smith
Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf reflects on some key milestones of 2019. As 2019 draws to a close I want to express my thanks to everyone working across Scotland’s justice system – many of them through the festive holiday period – whether in law enforcement, the legal profession, prisons, social work or among community safety partners...
27th December 2019 by richardclarke
This festive season Police Scotland Youth Volunteers (PSYV) in West Dunbartonshire have been working tirelessly to build strong, friendly relationships with their vulnerable neighbours, to help keep them safe and secure. The PSYV programme aims to strengthen the relationship with the police and young people, breaking down barriers and promoting positive role models. John from...
24th December 2019 by richardclarke
As Christmas Day approaches, we welcome a guest blog from Missing People’s Director of Policy and Development Susannah Drury. Susannah joined Missing People in 2013 and leads the Policy and Research Team who help missing people and their families get the support they need from UK governments, the police and other agencies. She talks us...
26th June 2019 by richardclarke
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...
30th April 2019 by Humza Yousaf MSP
The Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service today published the Standards and Services for Victims and Witnesses Annual Report on Performance for 2018-2019 (Available to read here. Word doc, 2.4MB). Commenting on the report, Cabinet Secretary for Justice Humza Yousaf said: “We recognise that having to engage with the criminal justice system can be a challenging...
23rd April 2019 by richardclarke
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)....
18th March 2019 by richardclarke
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...
18th March 2019 by Lucy Smith
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...
20th January 2019 by megangordon
This week’s round up includes a newly launched consultation on defamation, the latest on a review of mental health support for young people in custody and work to stop young people from running away.