Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill

The Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill is for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to make provision about criminal justice, including police powers and rights of suspects; criminal evidence; procedure and sentencing; to establish the Police Negotiating Board for Scotland and for connected purposes.

The Bill was introduced by Kenny MacAskill MSP on 20th June 2013. The lead Committee is the Justice Committee.


Stage 2

On 23rd April 2014 the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Kenny MacAskill, announced that there will be a delay to Stage 2 consideration of the Bill until after the Lord Bonomy review has reported on findings in Spring 2015.

The Lord Bonomy review group has been set up to consider the proposals within the Bill relating to corroboration in Scotland's criminal justice system, and any additional safeguards and changes in practice that might be needed in Scotland's criminal justice system if the corroboration requirement is abolished.

Stage 2 amendments may be lodged with the clerks in the Legislation Team here. The deadline for amendments is not yet known.


Stage 1

Together responded to the Scottish Parliament Stage 1 call for evidence.

The Stage 1 debate took place on 27th February 2014.

Together submitted a Stage 1 debate briefing to MSPs.


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