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Police (Ethics, Conduct and Scrutiny) (Scotland) Bill

As introduced, this Bill would require the police to have a code of ethics, make changes relating to the handling of police conduct, increase the functions of the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner and introduce an advisory board for the Commissioner.

The Bill is at Stage 1


Stage 1 - General principles

Committees examine the Bill and gather views. They produce reports before MSPs debate the Bill in the Chamber. MSPs then decide on the purpose (“general principles”) of the Bill.

The Bill is at Stage 1

Committee Examination

The lead committee for this Bill is the Criminal Justice Committee

Find out more about this committee

Background research

A research briefing on the background to the Police (Ethics, Conduct & Scrutiny) (Scotland) Bill and a review of police complaints systems in other jurisdictions.

Criminal Justice Committee’s approach to the Bill

The Criminal Justice Committee has agreed its intended approach to scrutiny of the Police (Ethics, Conduct and Scrutiny) (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

The Committee has issued a call for views, with a closing date for written submissions of Friday, 8 December 2023.

Following the closing date, the Committee will consider who to invite to provide oral evidence on the Bill.

The Committee is expected to begin oral evidence taking once its Stage 1 consideration of the Victims, Witnesses and Justice Reform (Scotland) Bill has concluded.

Please note that the above information is for planning purposes only and it is subject to change.

Submit your views

The Committee launched its call for views on 26 September 2023.

Share your views with the Committee


The timetable that the committee followed while examining the Bill at Stage 1

Stage 1 deadline

On 1 November 2023, the Parliament agreed motion S6M-11046, that consideration of the Police (Ethics, Conduct and Scrutiny) (Scotland) Bill at stage 1 be completed by 21 June 2024.  

Who spoke to the lead committee in the Parliament

MSPs met with people in committee meetings to discuss what the Bill will do.

Minutes of 20 September 2023 (in private)

Video and Official Report for all public meetings will be added when available.


Committee correspondence sent and received while the Bill progressed through Parliament

Work by other committees

Finance and Public Administration Committee

Scrutiny of the Financial Memorandum

Committee report

The lead committee will publish its report following the Stage 1 debate.