A high level forum to consider the implications and risks Brexit may pose to Scotland's justice system has been called by Cabinet Secretary Michael Matheson.

Mr Matheson, with Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC, is bringing together representatives from justice bodies and the legal profession at a summit in St Andrew's House, Edinburgh this Thursday (24 November). The meeting will consider the impacts of the EU referendum result on aspects of the justice system, with round table discussions on law enforcement, criminal justice, civil and family law and commercial issues.

Invited to attend are Police Scotland, the Scottish Police Authority, Scottish Prison Service, Faculty of Advocates, Law Society of Scotland, Scottish Institute for Policing Research, Scottish Courts & Tribunals Service, Family Law Association, Scottish Universities Legal Network on Europe, Forum Conveniens (an EU private international law group) and the Standing Council on Europe.

The Justice Secretary commented: “The UK Brexit vote raises many uncertainties for Scotland’s unique justice system. That is why I am bringing together leaders and experts to help us understand these issues – and any steps we can take now to mitigate the risks.

“The cessation of EU membership and single market access would have significant and wideranging ramifications from a justice and legal perspective.

“The issues range from tackling cross-border crime through to an individual with an EU ex-partner securing child maintenance payment, from Europol coordination with other countries to protecting Scots consumers’ rights when buying from abroad online.

“The summit discussions will help inform us of risks like these – and others – as the Scottish Government continues to press for full involvement in all negotiations between the UK Government and the EU."