The Criminal Cases (Punishment and Review) (Scotland) Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament on 30 November 2011. The Justice Committee has been designated lead committee.
The Scottish Government Bill deals with two distinct issues. Part 1 of the Bill amends the rules about the punishment part of non-mandatory life sentences imposed in criminal cases while Part 2 amends the rules about the disclosure of information obtained by the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission.
The Committee issued a call for evidence on 7 December 2011.
Read the call for evidence
Read the written submissions received
The Committee took oral evidence at its meetings on 31 January, 7 and 21 February 2012.
Read the meeting papers and the Official Reports
The Committee published its report to the Scottish Parliament on 29 March 2012.
Read the Justice Committee's 3rd Report, 2012 (Session 4), Stage 1 Report on the Criminal Cases (Punishment and Review) (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 110)
Read the news release about the report
Consideration of the Bill at Stage 1 concluded with the debate in the Chamber of the Scottish Parliament on 19 April 2012.
Read the Official Report of the Stage 1 debate on the Criminal Cases (Punishment and Review) (Scotland) Bill
The clerk also wrote to the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission on 23 February seeking information on the outcome of discussions with the Information Commissioner’s Office on the application of data protection law to Part 2 of the Bill.
Contact: for further information on the work of the Committee you can contact the Clerks on 0131 348 5047 or by email at: [email protected]