Justice and Safety

  • The week in review

    3rd March 2017 by

    Michael Matheson with Cashback for Communities beneficiaries

    A look back on developments across the justice and safer communities portfolio over the week beginning Monday February 27th, 2017.

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  • New starts in the legal profession

    2nd March 2017 by

    New lawyers at the Law Society of Scotland’s admission ceremony

    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!

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  • Electronic Monitoring in Scotland – A consultation on proposals for legislation

    2nd March 2017 by

    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...

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  • The week in review

    24th February 2017 by

    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...

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  • Supporting anti-sectarian education

    23rd February 2017 by

    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...

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  • Safer Communities & Justice Brief : February 2017

    22nd February 2017 by

    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...

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  • The week in review

    10th February 2017 by

     look back on developments across the justice and safer communities portfolio. Paying back to society The Justice Secretary opened a newly refurbished Restorative Justice centre in Bellshill on Thursday, hearing first-hand how being given Community Payback Orders (CPOs) has helped people get their lives back on track – while carrying out unpaid work that benefits...

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  • The week in review

    3rd February 2017 by

    A look back on developments across the justice and safer communities portfolio. Review of legal aid underway An independent review of legal aid was announced by Legal Affairs Minister Annabelle Ewing on Wednesday, focused on ensuring it meets the changing needs of Scotland’s justice system – and contributes to improving people’s lives. The legal aid...

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  • Safer Communities & Justice Brief : January 2017

    31st January 2017 by

    Scottish Government Justice Analytical Services have recently published the January 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...

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  • The week in review

    27th January 2017 by

    A look back on developments across the justice and safer communities portfolio. Review of hate crime legislation A comprehensive review of Scotland’s hate crime legislation was announced by the Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs Annabelle Ewing on Thursday. The review – to ensure legislation is fit for purpose in the 21st century –...

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