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Justice Committee seeking views on Vulnerable Witnesses Bill

The Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee has today launched a call for evidence into the Government’s new Vulnerable Witnesses Bill.

Justice Committee questions use of remand in Scotland

Holyrood’s Justice Committee has found that the proportion of remand prisoners in Scotland is high, particularly amongst female prisoners, where remand prisoners account for almost a quarter of the total female prison population.

Fact-finding visit to Glasgow for Holyrood’s Justice Committee

MSPs from the Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee have spent a morning in Glasgow finding out more about electronic tagging and the impact criminal convictions have on employment prospects.

Police and Fire Reform Act under the spotlight

On the fifth anniversary of Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s establishment, Holyrood’s Justice Committee is calling for views on the legislation that brought them into being.

Justice Committee seeking views on treatment of Offenders

Prior to the committee’s consideration of the Scottish Government’s Management of Offenders Bill, the Justice Committee is launching a call for views.

Justice Committee backs Repeal Bill

A majority of Holyrood's Justice Committee has backed James Kelly MSP’s Bill repealing the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications Act.

MSPs back changing compensation claims in Scotland

MSPs on Holyrood’s Justice Committee have unanimously backed the proposed law which changes the costs for people bringing a civil claim to court in Scotland.

MSPs back Domestic Abuse Bill to ‘close gap in the law’

Holyrood’s Justice Committee has unanimously backed the general principles set out in the Scottish Government’s Domestic Abuse Bill.

Views sought on repeal of Offensive Behaviour and Threatening Communications Act

Holyrood’s Justice Committee is seeking the public’s views on proposals to repeal the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications Act 2012.

MSPs seek views on capping ‘no win no fee’ arrangements

The cost of going to court is to be examined by Holyrood’s Justice Committee as it begins its scrutiny of the Civil Litigation Bill by launching a call for evidence.

Integrating British Transport Police into Police Scotland backed by Justice Committee

A majority of members on Holyrood’s Justice Committee have backed the Scottish Government’s plan to integrate the British Transport Police (BTP) in Scotland into Police Scotland.

‘No room for complacency’ in Scotland’s squeezed Prosecution Service

Scotland’s public prosecutor must do better in a number of key areas according to a report issued today by Holyrood’s Justice Committee.

Justice Committee backs Bill lifting time bar on Childhood Abuse civil litigation

The Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee has endorsed the general principles of the Limitation (Childhood Abuse) Bill, but states that some aspects of the Bill need further consideration to ensure the right balance is struck.

Justice Committee looking at Domestic Abuse Bill

Proposals to outlaw psychological domestic abuse are to be considered by MSPs on the Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee.

Demands on police time under the spotlight at Holyrood

Police work that is not driven by crime will be the focus of Holyrood’s Justice Committee today.

MSPs to question Lord Advocate on Prosecution Service

Following a five month inquiry into the effectiveness and efficiency of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS), Holyrood’s Justice Committee is to conclude its investigation by questioning the head of the service.

Future of British Transport Police to be inspected by MSPs

A call for views on the future of the British Transport Police (BTP) in Scotland has today been launched by Holyrood’s Justice Committee.

Justice Committee looking at Childhood Abuse Bill

The three-year time limit that prevents childhood abuse survivors from seeking civil damages in court is the focus of a call for evidence issued by MSPs on the Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee.

Hamilton hearing for Holyrood’s Justice Committee

The Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee will hold an informal session outside of Holyrood, taking its inquiry into the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) to Hamilton.

Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal to be the subject of a major new inquiry by MSPs

The effectiveness of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) as Scotland’s independent prosecutor is to be the subject of a major new inquiry by MSPs on the Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee.

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