About The Committee
The primary role of the Justice Committee is to scrutinise the policies and performance of the Scottish Government and its agencies in matters related to justice. The Committee can perform this role in a number of ways, such as:
Considering and reporting on relevant primary and secondary legislation, including the Scottish Government’s yearly draft budget
Conducting inquiries or carrying out post-legislative scrutiny on any justice related topic
Considering petitions referred by the Public Petitions Committee and taking any such action as it deems appropriate
Carrying out any other justice related work as it considers appropriate
The Committee can also carry out fact-finding visits around Scotland to find out more about the justice system in practice.
The Committee’s meetings are generally held on Tuesday mornings. Details of meetings can be found on these webpages and public gallery seats can be booked in advance from Visitor Services.
Justice Sub-Committee on Policing
On 13 March 2013 the Justice Committee, with the Parliament's approval, established a Sub-Committee on Policing with the remit to consider and report on the operation of the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012 as it affects policing. Details of the Sub-Committee's work can be found on its own web pages at Justice Sub-Committee on Policing
Read the latest reports from the Justice Committee
8th Report, 2016 (session 4): Legacy Paper