Social Security (Scotland) Bill

September 6, 2017

This Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament making provision about social security. The Bill, which is currently in its second stage, was introduced by the Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities, Angela Constance MSP, on 20 June 2017. JUSTICE seeks to raise our concerns regarding the proposed offences set out in Part […]

JUSTICE publishes ‘pocket guide’ for Scottish lawmakers

May 10, 2017

As the makers of our laws, as our representatives, and in holding the Scottish Government to account, MSPs wear many hats. To support them in this, JUSTICE has published a new report, Law for Scottish lawmakers: A JUSTICE guide to the law. The report, an update of our 2015 Westminster focussed publication Law For lawmakers, […]

The human rights implications of Brexit on EU migration

On Thursday 8 December 2016 at The Lighthouse in Glasgow, four eminent lawyers and academics with varying knowledge and perceptions of Brexit presented their views on one of the most constitutionally significant events in British history. Organised in partnership with the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and chaired by Sarah Smith, BBC Scotland Editor, the […]

James Wolffe QC stresses need to respect the dignity and rights of all

December 14, 2016

Lord Advocate, James Wolffe, QC gave the 2016 JUSTICE Human Rights Day Lecture on Friday 9 December. He emphasised the need to respect the dignity and rights of all people within the criminal justice system, whether victim, witness or accused. Mr Wolffe’s first speech since he was appointed Lord Advocate in June took place at […]

JUSTICE Scotland Response to the Post Corroboration Safeguards Review

January 14, 2015

JUSTICE Scotland responded to the Post Corroboration Safeguards Review, the latest in a series of consultations regarding reform of the criminal justice system, this one with respect to necessary safeguards should the corroboration rule be abolished. Downloads JUSTICE Scotland Response to the Post Corroboration Safeguards Review– December, 2014  

Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill

In general terms, we welcome the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill as a means of bringing forward reforms to the Scottish criminal justice system, particularly to amend changes brought about through the emergency legislation hastily enacted in response to the Cadder case, in which we intervened, that recognised the right of access to a lawyer during […]