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The week in review

The week’s round-up includes the publication of legislation which would allow more pre-recording of evidence by vulnerable witnesses ahead of criminal trials, the launch of a new water rescue vessel in Aberdeen and the publication of the Damages Bill.

More pre-recording of evidence for criminal trials

Legislation to enable the greater use of...Read More »


Human Trafficking and Exploitation – First Annual Progress Report

Cabinet Secretary for Justice Michael Matheson has updated Parliament on progress in tackling human trafficking and exploitation in the past 12 months.

Read Mr Matheson’s full statement on the main Scottish Government website.

‘Trafficking and Exploitation: Strategy – First Annual Progress Report’ is available online.

Key figures look back on...Read More »


The week in review

serious organised crime taskforce logo

The week’s round-up includes new research into local experiences and wider public perceptions of serious organised crime, an independent review into the impact of policing the 1980s miners’ strike on communities, and Parliament’s unanimous approval for legislation delivering an automatic pardon for historical convictions for homosexuality.

(Thanks to Anna Davidson who visited the Justice comms desk this...Read More »


Safer Communities & Justice Brief : May 2018

Scottish Government Justice Analytical Services have recently published the May 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...Read More »


The week in review

This week’s round-up blog includes evidence on the long-term impacts of adverse childhood events, an announcement of new investment to expand the ‘Navigators’ emergency-room violence prevention project, and the publication of a major independent review of Scotland’s hate crime laws.

Injured officers

The thoughts of Ministers, and all of us in the...Read More »


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