The Department for Transport has issued a consultation on the removal of deposits and securities as alternatives to conventional insurance.

The Scottish Parliament's Public Audit and Post-legislative Scrutiny Committee has issued a call for evidence on its post-legislative scrutiny of the Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act 2010.

The Scottish Government has issued a consultation on proposals for the establishment of a Commissioner to provide independent oversight of biometric data used by the police and others in Scotland and an associated statutory code of practice.

The UK Parliament's Joint Select Committee on Human Rights has launched an inquiry on the proposal for a draft Human Rights Act 1998 (Remedial) Order 2019.

Read our briefing issued to all MSPs ahead of the Justice Committee debate on remand on Wednesday 3 October 2018.

The House of Commons Home Affairs Committee has issued an inquiry looking at what progress has been made in the three years since the Modern Slavery Act came into force and what more remains to be done.

The General Medical Council (GMC) has issued an independent review into how gross negligence manslaughter and culpable homicide are applied to medical practice.

The House of Lords Select Committee on the Bribery Act 2010 has issued a call for evidence for its post-legislative scrutiny inquiry into the Bribery Act 2010.

The Scottish Government has issued a consultation on proposals for the reform to the disclosure regime in Scotland.

The Scottish Government has published its consultation on Establishing a statutory Appropriate Adult service in Scotland.

The Scottish Parliament will debate the Independent Review of Hate Crime Legislation in Scotland final report on Thursday 7 June 2018.

The Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee is to undertake post-legislative scrutiny of the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012. The 2012 Act created a single police service and a single fire and rescue service, replacing the eight police forces and the eight fire brigades that had existed previously.

The UK Parliament's EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee has issued an inquiry to examine the practical and legal challenges for negotiating a security treaty with the EU, and what such a treaty might cover.

The Scottish Government t has issued a consultation on a proposed change to the law to allow fixed penalty notices to be issued to suspected road traffic offenders in Scotland.

A proposal for a Bill to create an offence or offences to increase the protection of workers in the retail sector, particularly those applying or enforcing an age-restriction in relation to the sale or supply of goods or services. (April 2018)

The Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee has issued a call for evidence on the decision-making process around bail and remand in Scotland.

The Criminal Law Committee submitted written evidence to the Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee on the implications of the UK's exit from the European Union on policing and criminal justice in Scotland.

Petition PE 1633: Private Criminal Prosecution in Scotland (Petition) questions whether there should be any changes in the law by removing the requirement that the Lord Advocate must first give permission before a private criminal prosecution can be commenced in Scotland.

The Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee has issued an inquiry on civil actions for damages in respect of rape and other serious crimes.

The Scottish Government issued a consultation to ensure that decisions on any ensuing reforms to the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002 following Lord Bonomy's review are taken with a sound understanding of the issues and implications.

The UK Government has issued a policy paper to discuss options for maintaining internal security collaboration in the future partnership with the EU.

The Scottish Government has issued a consultation to seek views on the proposed amendments to the Police Act 1997 and the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007. Scottish Ministers will consider all written observations received on the proposed draft order.

This consultation sought views to inform the independent review of hate crime legislation in Scotland, conducted by Lord Bracadale. The review is considering whether changes need to be made to the current laws; whether existing offences should be extended to cover other groups; and whether all hate crimes should be brought into one area of legislation.

The Scottish Sentencing Council (SSC) is conducting a public consultation seeking views on its first draft sentencing guideline – the Principles and Purposes of Sentencing.

The Scottish Government are consulting on proposed reforms to criminal law and procedure to address how pre-recorded evidence is taken from child and vulnerable witnesses.

John Finnie MSP has issued a consultation on the Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill to give children equal protection from assault by prohibiting the physical punishment of children by parents and others caring for or in charge of children.

The Scottish Government has issued a consultation on the next steps in taking forward primary legislation to extend the use of electronic monitoring in Scotland in support of broader community justice policy.

The UK Government is examining the case for reform of the law on corporate liability for economic crime. The call for evidence is concerned with criminal offences designed to punish and prevent economic crimes such as fraud, false accounting and money laundering when committed on behalf or in the name of companies.

The Ministry of Justice has issued a consultation on driving offences and penalties relating to causing death or serious injury. The government recognises that there is a public concern about sentencing for offenders who kill or seriously injure others on the road and is committed to making sure that the legislative framework that the courts operate within reflects the seriousness of offending and the culpability of the offender.

The Cabinet Secretary for Justice laid regulations before Parliament on 11 January 2017 to bring into effect the Stop and Search Code of Practice. The regulations are subject to affirmative procedure. The Code is intended to come into effect on 11 May 2017.

The Scottish Government has issued a consultation to seek feedback on how Part 1 should apply to arrests not relating to criminal offences, including certain warrant arrests. This feedback will be used to shape the final regulations under section 60.

The Scottish Government is consulting on its draft Trafficking and Exploitation Strategy.

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. 

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

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.