November 2014

Serious Crime Bill

The Society submitted a number of amendments at Report stage on the Serious Crime Bill. 

The amendments reflect the Society’s concerns that Serious Crime Prevention Orders (SCPOs) may be applied for by the police or prosecution, and imposed by the court, without the person concerned having been convicted of any serious offence in any jurisdiction, purely on a speculative basis, these being ‘stand-alone’ orders. Given the restrictive nature of the orders, the Society believes that it would be unreasonable to impose such orders where an alleged offence remained unproven. If no prosecution has been brought against the person, then they will not have been given the opportunity to respond to any allegations made.

All the Society’s amendments were tabled by Lord Mackay of Drumadoon and, following debate, were withdrawn.  Full detail of the amendments submitted are on our website