Scottish Government

The Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill

The Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill  seeks to modernise, consolidate and extend Scotland’s existing hate crime law – ensuring it is fit for modern Scotland.

Current hate crime legislation has evolved over time in a fragmented manner.

By providing greater clarity, transparency and consistency the new Bill –...Read More »

Letter from Minister for Community Safety Ash Denham to Legal Profession

The Scottish Government recognises the important role played by legal aid providers in supporting their clients and our justice system. I also recognise that those offering legally aided services now face a time of unprecedented uncertainty, and require our support. I am keen to find ways to support cash flow...Read More »

Justice Secretary comments on domestic abuse figures

Police dealt with just over 60,000 incidents in 2018-19

Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has responded to official statistics showing police recorded 60,641 incidents of domestic abuse in 2018-19 – a 2% rise on the previous year.

Levels of domestic abuse recorded by police in Scotland have remained relatively stable since 2011-12, with...Read More »

The year in review


Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf reflects on some key milestones of 2019.

As 2019 draws to a close I want to express my thanks to everyone working across Scotland’s justice system – many of them through the festive holiday period – whether in law enforcement, the legal profession, prisons, social work or...Read More »

Guest blog: Police Scotland Youth Volunteers helping keep communities safe

This festive season Police Scotland Youth Volunteers (PSYV) in West Dunbartonshire have been working tirelessly to build strong, friendly relationships with their vulnerable neighbours, to help keep them safe and secure.

The PSYV programme aims to strengthen the relationship with the police and young people, breaking down barriers and promoting...Read More »

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