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Chamber and committees

Criminal Justice Committee

The Committee was established in June 2021. It focuses on the Criminal Justice system in Scotland, including:

  • Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
  • Courts, including the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service
  • Prosecution and the work of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service
  • The Scottish Prison Service and community sentencing

Next meeting

15th Meeting, 2024

Agenda: Police (Ethics, Conduct and Scrutiny) (Scotland) Bill, Subordinate legislation, Police (Ethics, Conduct and Scrutiny) (Scotland) Bill, Work programme

10:00am, 24 April 2024

T4.60-CR6 The Livingstone Room

Get in touch

If you want to get in touch, you can contact Stephen Imrie, the Clerk for the committee.

Address: The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 5973 Find out about call charges.

X (previously known as Twitter): @SP_Justice

If you're appearing as a witness at a committee, take a look at our witness guide for more information.

Members

Members of the Criminal Justice Committee

Current Members

Audrey Nicoll

Convener

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Aberdeen South and North Kincardine (Constituency)

Russell Findlay

Deputy Convener

Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: West Scotland (Region)

Katy Clark

Member

Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: West Scotland (Region)

Sharon Dowey

Member

Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: South Scotland (Region)

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Coatbridge and Chryston (Constituency)

Rona Mackay

Member

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Strathkelvin and Bearsden (Constituency)

Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: Glasgow (Region)

John Swinney

Member

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Perthshire North (Constituency)

Substitute Members

Neil Bibby

Substitute Member

Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: West Scotland (Region)

Jackie Dunbar

Substitute Member

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Aberdeen Donside (Constituency)

Committee work

Current

Previous

Future

The following has been agreed as the future work of the Committee. It will be updated on a regular basis. It is subject to change.

For further details or questions, please contact the clerks to the Committee.        


Wednesday 24 April 2024

  • Police (Ethics, Conduct and Scrutiny) (Scotland) Bill - oral evidence session

Wednesday 1 May 2024

  • TBC

Wednesday 8 May

  • TBC

Wednesday 15 May 2024

  • TBC

The Committee expects to be working on the following bills for the period to June 2024:

  • Victims, Witnesses, and Justice Reform (Scotland) Bill
  • Police (Ethics, Conduct and Scrutiny) (Scotland) Bill

Correspondence

Committee correspondence

Criminal Justice Committee

Post Office Horizon Cases

Letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Justice and Home Affairs to Kevin Hollinrake MP, Minister for Enterprise, Markets and Small Business. 18 April 2024

Criminal Justice Committee

Victims, Witnesses, and Justice Reform Bill Scottish Government Stage 1 Response

Letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Justice and Home Affairs to the Convener, 16 April 2024

Official Reports

Official Reports

Meeting date: Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Criminal Justice Committee

Police (Ethics, Conduct and Scrutiny) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1

Meeting date: Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Criminal Justice Committee

Criminal Justice Bill, Subordinate Legislation

Meeting date: Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Criminal Justice Committee

Decision on Taking Business in Private, Subordinate Legislation, Investigatory Powers (Amendment) Bill

Meeting date: Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Criminal Justice Committee

Victims, Witnesses, and Justice Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1

Meeting date: Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Criminal Justice Committee

Victims, Witnesses, and Justice Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1

Meeting date: Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Criminal Justice Committee

Victims, Witnesses, and Justice Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1

Meeting date: Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Criminal Justice Committee

Victims, Witnesses, and Justice Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1

Meeting date: Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Criminal Justice Committee

Victims, Witnesses, and Justice Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1

Meeting date: Thursday, January 11, 2024

Criminal Justice Committee

Management of Transgender Prisoners, Subordinate Legislation

Reports

Committee reports

23 February 2024

Report on the Legislative Consent Memorandum for the Investigatory Powers Amendment Bill (UK Parliament legislation)

A report of the Criminal Justice Committee's consideration of a notification from the Scottish Government for a legislative consent memorandum for the Investigatory Powers Amendment Bill (UK Parliament legislation).

13 November 2023

Report on the International Organisations Immunities draft Order and the Coronavirus Recovery and Reform Scotland Act 2022 draft Regulations 2023

A report setting out the consideration of the Criminal Justice Committee to two affirmative instruments.

23 June 2023

Report on the supplementary Legislative Consent Memorandum for the Online Safety Bill (UK Parliament legislation)

A report of the Criminal Justice Committee's consideration of a notification from the Scottish Government for a supplementary legislative consent memorandum for the Online Safety Bill (UK Parliament legislation).

Remit

To consider and report on matters relating to criminal justice falling within the responsibility of the Cabinet Secretary for Justice and Home Affairs, and functions of the Lord Advocate other than as head of the systems of criminal prosecution and investigation of deaths in Scotland.