Justice and Safety

  • Appropriate Adult service consultation

    12th November 2018 by

    Responses to consultation on establishing a statutory Appropriate Adult service were overwhelmingly supportive, analysis has shown. Appropriate Adult services ensure vulnerable people with communication difficulties are supported during contact with police – for example during interviews and other police station procedures. Appropriate Adults can assist victims, witnesses, suspects and accused in police investigations who are...

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  • The week in review

    11th November 2018 by

    This week’s round-up includes a visit to see community payback orders in action, bonfire night activity and the passing of the Prescriptions Bill. Emergency Service thanks Community Safety Minister Ash Denham joined the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service (SFRS) and other partners in urging people across Scotland to enjoy fireworks safely on Bonfire Night.  Later...

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  • The week in review

    3rd November 2018 by

    Humza Yousaf visits Barlinnie Prison on October 31st

    This week’s round up includes new investment to support child and vulnerable witnesses, latest official figures for homicide in Scotland, and ministerial engagements with a range of justice system professionals. Supporting child and vulnerable witnesses Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has announced £950,000 to improve evidence facilities for children and vulnerable adults. The new Scottish Courts...

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  • Justice Secretary comments on homicide figures

    30th October 2018 by

    Commenting on today’s publication of Homicide in Scotland 2017-18, Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf said: “While the number of homicides in Scotland has fallen this year and has reduced significantly over the last 10 years, one death is one too many. Behind these figures are grieving families and friends and my sincere sympathies go out to...

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  • Safer Communities and Justice Brief : October 2018

    29th October 2018 by

    Scottish Government Justice Analytical Services have recently published the October 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, with this month’s article on...

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  • Justice Secretary pays tribute to Scotland’s Jewish communities

    28th October 2018 by

    Cabinet Secretary for Justice Humza Yousaf has paid tribute to the contribution of Scotland’s Jewish communities to the life of the nation. On Sunday October 28th Mr Yousaf addressed Scotland’s Jewish Gathering in Edinburgh, where Jewish people from across the country were coming together through the weekend to hear speeches and take part in discussions...

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  • The week in review

    27th October 2018 by

    This week saw a committment from the Scottish Government to establish a financial redress scheme for in-care abuse survivors, plans to strengthen the home detention curfew system and the launch of a new play highlighting to young people the dangers of knife crime. Justice Committee consider justice budgets Cabinet Secretary for Justice Humza Yousaf was...

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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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  • Can we measure justice?

    17th October 2018 by

    Guest bloggers and researchers Sarah Armstrong, Beth Weaver and Trish McCulloch ask whether we can measure justice and how different people experience justice? How do people experience justice? How do people decide if justice is just? These questions are at the heart of a project launching today, carried out by researchers at Dundee, Glasgow and...

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  • Justice Secretary reflects on stop and search

    12th October 2018 by

    Writing in the Scotsman this week, Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf reflected on the use of stop and search and how improved guidance for police has introduced a better balance between individual rights and allowing the police to continue to address crime in all its aspects. One of the key challenges for any government minister is...

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