Losing access to vital European security arrangements post-Brexit will only benefit criminals, Scotland’s Justice Secretary has said.
The Scottish Conservatives have called for electronic tag tampering to become a specific offence.
Child witnesses of domestic abuse should be included in a planned law to boost the use of pre-recorded evidence from vulnerable people in criminal trials, MSPs have said.
Thousands of people have signed a petition calling for a review of the decision to grant an absolute discharge to a student found guilty of sexual assault.
Plans to increase electronic tagging for offenders need to be backed up with the necessary cash, while breaches of such orders must be dealt with “swiftly and effectively”, MSPs have said.
The Scottish Government has insisted it has no plans to introduce tougher on-the-spot fines for anti-social behaviour – but has pledged to keep the matter “under review”.
A leading psychiatrist has been appointed to oversee an independent review of the mental health support services available to young people behind bars.
Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has told MSPs he does not know when a new risk assessment tool to help determine if prisoners should be released on electronic tags will be ready.
The majority of Scotland’s prisons were at or beyond their maximum capacity last month, figures show.
Significant progress must be made in Scotland in an effort to tackle plastic pollution, an MSP has said.
Doubling on the spot fines for anti-social behaviour would help police deliver “swift justice” to low-level offenders, the Conservatives have said.
An expert group established to improve victims’ experiences of the Scottish justice system is meeting for the first time later on Wednesday.
An “alarming” proportion of British adults remain unclear about what constitutes rape, despite the rise of the #MeToo movement, a campaign group has said.
Scotland’s courts have only imposed one maximum five-year jail sentence for knife carrying in a year, new figures show.
Opposition politicians have joined forces to back the family of a murdered father of three who are seeking answers to “legitimate and series questions” surrounding his killing.
Critics have slammed a controversial decision to close Scottish courts after it emerged just five of the buildings have been sold off in the years since.
Scottish campaigners were yesterday shocked after an attempt to make upskirting a criminal offence in England and Wales was unexpectedly blocked.
A retired banker has called for public inquiry into an alleged fraud against RBS shareholders who won compensation.
The owner of a pet gecko that was shredded in a blender in a “chillingly evil” act has backed calls for much longer prison sentences for animal cruelty crimes.
Cross-party consensus against prison sentences of less than a year is growing, with Scottish Lib Dems and Labour backing alternatives to custody.
Groundwork will get under way today for the creation of Scotland's first purpose-built justice centre in Inverness.
An investment bonanza agreed yesterday has promised to create hundreds of north jobs and deliver a massive boost to the economy.
Prison bosses have been accused of locking young offenders out of the north-east and abandoning an entire wing of a £140million superjail.
Inverness residents yesterday gave an overwhelming thumbs-up to a new courts complex that will unlock Inverness Castle to tourists.
Councillors have delivered a provisional verdict on plans for a new justice centre for Inverness that will ultimately provide the keys to free the city's castle from court duty to become a fully fledged tourist magnet.
An Edinburgh-based architect has won a contract for designing the new £23million justice centre for Inverness.
A proposed site for Inverness's new justice centre has been earmarked.
The tough-talking new boss of the north-east's "superjail" says his prison is back on track after a catalogue of early failures.
Inspectors have raised concerns about the medical care available to inmates at HMP Grampian.
A multimillion-pound justice centre promised for Inverness can still be delivered on time, according to the local MP.
A trio of inmates from a north-east superjail were allowed to visit family and friends for Christmas as part of a rehabilitation programme.