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.
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 Scottish Parliament will debate the Independent Review of Hate Crime Legislation in Scotland final report on Thursday 7 June 2018.
- The Law Society of Scotland's briefing issued to all MSPs ahead of the debate (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.
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 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.
- The Law Society of Scotland's written evidence (February 2018)
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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.