Criminal Law

Scottish Government Consultation: The Creation of a Specific Offence of Domestic Abuse: Proposed Associated Reforms to Criminal Procedure

The Scottish Government is seeking views on a number of reforms proposed to criminal procedure that relate to the creation of a specific offence of domestic abuse. 

EU Policing and Security Issues Inquiry

The House of Commons Home Affairs Committee is holding an inquiry into EU policing and security issues.

Scottish Government Debate: Working Together to Prevent and Eradicate Hate Crime and Prejudice

Angela Constance MSP lodged a motion on the 7 November 2016 titled "Working Together to Prevent and Eradicate Hate Crime and Prejudice". There was a subsequent debate in the Scottish Parliament on 9 November 2016.

Proposed Football Act (Repeal) (Scotland) Bill - a proposal for a Bill to repeal of the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012

James Kelly MSP has issued a consultation on the Proposed Football Act (Repeal) (Scotland) Bill - a proposal for a Bill to Repeal the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012.

UK Referendum on EU Membership: Impacts on Justice and Security in Scotland

The Criminal Law Committee issued a written briefing to all MSPs ahead of the Scottish Government Debate on the UK Referendum on EU Membership: Impacts on Justice and Security in Scotland. The debate took place on Tuesday 1 November 2016.

Brexit: future EU-UK security and police co-operation inquiry

The EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee of the House of Lords have launched an inquiry into police and security co-operation between the UK and the EU following a UK exit from the EU.

Inquiry into the role and purpose of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service

The Scottish Parliament Justice Committee is undertaking an inquiry into the role and purpose of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS). The inquiry focusses on its core role and examines the effectiveness and efficiency of the COPFS, how well it works with its stakeholders, and the support it provides to witnesses and victims of crime.

Policing and Crime Bill - Legislative Consent Memorandum

This paper is intended to inform MSPs of our comments on the Policing and Crime Bill to help to inform Members' consideration of the Legislative Consent Memorandum.

Police Powers to Search Children and Young People for Alcohol

The Scottish Government is seeking views on whether the police should be given new search powers to search a child or young person under the age of 18 for alcohol, and to search a person where there is reasonable grounds to suspect that the person has alcohol in a public place and has supplied or intends to supply the alcohol to a person under the age of 18.

Draft Code of Practice for Stop and Search

The Scottish Government is seeking views on whether any changes should be made to a draft Code of Practice for Stop and Search before it comes into force.

Tackling Tax Evasion: Legislation and Guidance for a Corporate Offence of Failure to Prevent the Criminal Facilitation of Tax Evasion

HM Revenue & Customs is seeking views on draft legislation and guidance for the new corporate criminal offence of failure to prevent the criminal facilitation of tax evasion.

Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility

The Scottish Government is seeking views on the principle of raising the age of criminal responsibility from 8 to 12, and the safeguards recommended by the Advisory Group to address harmful behaviour involving children who would be younger than the new age of criminal responsibility.

Child Safety Online: Age Verification for Pornography

The UK Government is seeking views on protecting children from seeing pornographic material online.

Consultation on a criminal offence of domestic abuse

The Scottish Government is seeking views on a draft provision which creates a specific offence of 'abusive behaviour in relation to a partner or ex-partner'