Justice & Safety
31st March 2017 by Russell Fallis
Railway policing bill on track On Tuesday the Cabinet Secretary of Justice Michael Matheson and the Transport Minister Humza Yousaf gave evidence to the Justice Committee on the Government’s plans to integrate British Transport Police in Scotland into Police Scotland following the devolution of legislative responsibility for railway policing to the Scottish Parliament. Outlining to...
24th March 2017 by Russell Fallis
Attack in London The week’s events have been overshadowed by the terrorist attack at Westminster. The thoughts of Scottish Government Ministers and civil servants – many with friends and colleagues working at Westminster and Whitehall – have been with those caught up in Wednesday’s incident, including relatives of those killed or injured, and the police...
17th March 2017 by Russell Fallis
Air travellers’ safety, improving access to justice and Scotland’s police forensics service were among the items on Ministers’ agenda this week. Breaking the cycle of crime On Monday the Cabinet Secretary for Justice Michael Matheson announced fresh investment in services to help reduce the cycle of reoffending, keeping crime down and communities safe. Apex Scotland,...
10th March 2017 by Stuart Lewis
Apprenticeship Week This week was Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2017 and ministers across government were getting involved. Michael Matheson met apprentices at Falkirk Council, while Annabelle Ewing visited Living Solutions social enterprise to hear how their trainees were helping tackle environmental and social problems. Tackling sectarianism Dr Duncan Morrow’s progress report on how Scotland was tackling...
3rd March 2017 by Russell Fallis
A look back on developments across the justice and safer communities portfolio over the week beginning Monday February 27th, 2017.
2nd March 2017 by Annabelle Ewing MSP
I was particularly pleased to meet a group of new lawyers at the Law Society of Scotland’s admission ceremony in Edinburgh this week. The event took me back around thirty years ago when I had genuine satisfaction at having finally qualified but a few nerves about the ceremony itself!
2nd March 2017 by Ian MacFarlane
The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on proposals for legislation to expand the use of electronic monitoring in Scotland. The legislative changes will support the delivery of community justice. The consultation paper sets out the legislative changes which we propose to enable new uses for electronic monitoring and also introduce new technologies. In addition...
24th February 2017 by Leanna MacLarty
A look back on developments across the justice and safer communities portfolio Violence reduction in hospitals Justice Secretary Michael Matheson visited Edinburgh Royal Infirmary on Thursday night to meet the new Navigators operating out of the emergency department. Navigators support patients who have been the victims or perpetrators of violence to make the changes they...
23rd February 2017 by Leanna MacLarty
We all deserve a sectarian-free Scotland – a modern nation that isn’t weighed down by the prejudices of the past. Sectarian comments can be deeply upsetting to those on the end of them and occasionally actions escalate in behaviour which is wholly unacceptable. The Scottish Government is continuing to address the issue with the help...
22nd February 2017 by Ian MacFarlane
Scottish Government Justice Analytical Services have recently published the February edition of the Monthly Safer Communities and Justice Brief. This brief provides, in a single place, a concise but comprehensive overview of all the most important Justice and Safer Communities statistics. The brief includes a special feature on its back page, drawing from recent research undertaken by...