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.

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.

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

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'