Justice Committee

Justice committee calls for extra powers to be given to personal data tsar

The Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee has backed the general principles of a bill which will create a Scottish biometrics commissioner, and establish a code of practice for the use of biometrics by the police. However, it is calling for the postholder to be given further powers to keep personal data safe and protect privacy.

Published 9 December 2019

Justice Committee: Increase prison funding levels and promote alternatives to custody

The Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee has concluded that real-terms increases in the revenue and capital budgets for the Scottish Prison Service are needed for 2020/21.

Published 2 December 2019

Justice Committee calls for better mental health support for young offenders

MSPs on the Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee are calling for better mental health support for young people ordered into either secure care or a young offenders’ institution (YOI).

Published 26 November 2019

MSPs 'minded' to support creation of judicial register of interests

MSPs have said they are yet to hear a convincing case against members of the judiciary disclosing their pecuniary interests and society connections, The Times reports.

Published 25 November 2019

Justice Committee visits the Borders

Ahead of the new parliamentary year, MSPs from the Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee are spending a day with police officers, legal professionals and others working in the wider justice system in the Scottish Borders.

Published 2 September 2019

Justice Committee to hear evidence on extending presumption against short sentences

Holyrood’s Justice Committee is to hold its first evidence session on a Scottish government proposal to extend the presumption against short sentences from three months or less to twelve months or less.

Published 3 June 2019

Greens call for private firms to be kicked out of criminal justice system

Scottish Greens justice spokesperson John Finnie MSP will today propose an amendment to the Management of Offenders Bill to remove any role for the private sector in the existing or proposed expanded monitoring regime.

Published 2 April 2019

Justice Committee report highlights Police Scotland failings six years after unification

Poor financial management, unclear lines of responsibility and a failure to focus on the views of officers and staff in the early stages of reform lie at the root of many of the problems faced by Police Scotland, according to Holyrood's Justice Committee.

Published 25 March 2019

David Hossack and Graham Boyack discuss mediation in new podcast

In the second episode of Morton Fraser's podcast series, Stuck in the Middle, David Hossack a partner and accredited mediator chats with Graham Boyack, director of Scottish Mediation about the Justice Committee's report "I won't see you in court".

Published 11 March 2019

Conviction reforms endorsed by Justice Committee

Proposals to increase the use of electronic tags and reduce the period for which people with prior convictions must disclose them have received the backing of MSPs on the Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee.

Published 31 January 2019