Justice and Safety

  • Scottish Government response to review of legal services regulation

    26th June 2019 by

    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 Standards of Services for Victims and Witnesses Annual Report 2018/19

    30th April 2019 by

    Cabinet Secretary for Justice Humza Yousaf has thanked staff across the Justice System for their efforts year-round and throughout the festive period

    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...

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  • Justice Secretary comments on firearms statistics

    23rd April 2019 by

    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 by

    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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  • Brexit contingency planning stepped up

    18th March 2019 by

    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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  • The week in review

    20th January 2019 by

    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.

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  • Festive drink-drive warning

    27th November 2018 by

    Campaign highlights the consequences of drink driving Minister for Community Safety, Ash Denham, Lord Advocate, James Wolffe QC, and Assistant Chief Constable Mark Williams launched the festive drink-drive awareness and enforcement campaign in Edinburgh today, to highlight the criminal and personal consequences of being found guilty of drink-driving.   New research reveals Scots believe the...

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  • Domestic Abuse

    27th November 2018 by

    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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  • Financial redress for survivors of abuse in care

    24th October 2018 by

    Over a period of decades, children in the care of the state in Scotland were subject to appalling abuse and mistreatment. The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry is looking at the nature and extent of that abuse and the failures which allowed it to happen. In due course, it will publish a report and recommendations. But...

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  • The week in review

    6th October 2018 by

    Scottish Crime Campus Gartcosh

    This week’s round-up includes activity to tackle serious organised crime, a Parliamentary debate on the use of remand in Scotland, and an update on local and national preparations ahead of Bonfire Night including information and advice for those attending the November 5th celebrations to stay safe. Honouring fallen police officers Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf travelled...

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