PE1633: Private Criminal Prosecution in Scotland
PE1370: Justice for Megrahi
PE1501 and PE1511: Control Rooms
Consideration of these petitions by Session 4 Justice Committee can be found here:
Petitions considered and closed by the Session 5 Justice Committee can be found here:
The Committee is currently considering the following public petitions
PE1633 is a petition by Bill Alexander calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to change the law to give the people of Scotland the same legal rights as the rest of the UK by removing the requirement that the Lord Advocate must first give permission before a private criminal prosecution can be commenced in Scotland.
This petition was referred to the Justice Committee on 9 November 2017, and was considered by the Justice Committee at its meeting on 19 December 2017.
PE1370 is a petition by Dr Jim Swire, Professor Robert Black QC, Mr Robert Forrester, Father Patrick Keegans and Mr Iain McKie on behalf of Justice for Megrahi on opening an independent inquiry into the 2001 Kamp van Zeist conviction of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi for the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 in December 1988.
At its meetings on 27 September 2016, 17 January 2017, 2 May 2017 , 5 September 2017 and 19 December 2017 the Committee agreed to keep the petition open pending the completion of Operation Sandwood.
Petitions PE1510 and PE1511
PE1510 is a petition by Jody Curtis on behalf of Emergency Service and Non Emergency Service Call Centres calling on the Scottish Parliament to undertake a committee inquiry into the closure of Police, Fire, and Non-Emergency Service Centres north of Dundee.
Petition PE1511 is a petition by Laura Ross calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to review the decision made by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to close the Inverness Control Room.
At its meeting on 27 September 2016 the Committee agreed to keep the petitions open and write to Police Scotland seeking further information.
At its meeting on 24 January 2017 the Committee agreed to keep the petitions open and write to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service seeking further information.
At its meeting on 2 May 2017 the Committee agreed to keep the petitions open pending the publication of HM Fire Service Inspectorate in Scotland's report on the way in which the SFRS is conducting its operations, and of a final report of an internal audit review of the Command and Control Futures Programme deliverables.
At its meeting on 5 September 2017 the Committee agreed to keep the petitions open and to write to the Scottish Government and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service requesting further information in relation to issues raised by the petitioners.
At its meeting on 19 December 2017, the Committee agreed to close Petition 1510 on the on the basis that the Committee has considered the matters raised by the petition, and no further submissions have been received from the petitioner since January 2017. The Committee agreed to keep Petition 1511 open to allow for a response from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.