The Scottish Government has issued a consultation on the draft code of practice on powers by proper persons to exercise a series of investigatory orders and warrants under Chapter 3 of Part 8 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

We have produced a briefing ahead of the Stage 1 debate on the Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill, scheduled for Tuesday 28th May 2019.

Emma Harper MSP has issued a proposal for a Bill to increase penalties and provide additional powers to investigate and enforce the offence of livestock worrying.

The Scottish Government has issued a consultation on the use and regulation of fireworks in Scotland.

  • View the consultation on the Scottish Government's website
  • View the Law Society of Scotland's response - May 2019

We produced a briefing on the Vulnerable Witnesses (Criminal Evidence) (Scotland) Bill ahead of the Stage 3 debate on Thursday 9 May 2019.

Claire Baker MSP has launched a proposal for a Bill to amend the law of culpable homicide.

The Scottish Government has issued a consultation on proposed amendments to the Animal and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006.

Gil Paterson MSP has issued a proposal for a Bill to make the right of defence counsel for a person accused of homicide to instruct a post-mortem examination of the alleged victim subject to an extendable time-limit in order to minimise delays and uncertainty for victims' families.

The Scottish Government has issued a consultation on proposals to create new protective orders that could be used to keep people at risk of domestic abuse safe by banning perpetrators from their homes.

The Scottish Government has issued a consultation on proposals to improve the experience of victims in the parole process, increase openness and transparency of the Parole Board for Scotland and ensure the independence of the Parole Board is maintained.

The Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee has decided to undertake an evidence session on the nature, extent and prosecution of elder abuse, and whether there is merit in the potential introduction of an aggravated offence of elder abuse in Scotland.

The Scottish Government has issued a consultation on consolidating all Scottish hate crime legislation and expanding the statutory aggravations.

The Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee has asked for views on the draft Drug Driving (Specified Limits) (Scotland) Regulations 2019.

The Scottish Government has issued a consultation on plans to strengthen the existing legislative framework for the protection of women and girls from Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), a form of gender based violence.

The independent review of policing during the miners' strike was set up following a June 2018 statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Michael Matheson MSP in the Scottish Parliament. It is being led by John Scott QC, and its remit is to investigate and report on the impact of policing on affected communities in Scotland during the period of the miners' strike from March 1984 to March 1985.

The Department for Transport has issued a consultation on whether there should be new offences for cyclists of causing death or serious injury when cycling, and what the associated penalties might be.

The Scottish Government has issued a consultation on potential changes to the criminal offences of cruelty to children and sexual abuse of trust of children.

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.