Justice Committee


About The Committee

The primary role of the Justice Committee is to scrutinise the policies and performance of the Scottish Government and its agencies in matters related to justice. The Committee can perform this role in a number of ways, such as:

  • Considering and reporting on relevant primary and secondary legislation, including the Scottish Government’s yearly draft budget
  • Conducting inquiries or carrying out post-legislative scrutiny on any justice related topic
  • Considering petitions referred by the Public Petitions Committee and taking any such action as it deems appropriate
  • Carrying out any other justice related work as it considers appropriate

The Committee can also carry out fact-finding visits around Scotland to find out more about the justice system in practice.

The Committee’s meetings are generally held on Tuesday mornings. Details of meetings can be found on these webpages and public gallery seats can be booked in advance from Visitor Services.

Justice Sub-Committee on Policing

On 13 March 2013 the Justice Committee, with the Parliament's approval, established a Sub-Committee on Policing with the remit to consider and report on the operation of the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012 as it affects policing. Details of the Sub-Committee's work can be found on its own web pages at Justice Sub-Committee on Policing

Current Business

Committee Meetings

27th Justice Committee Meeting 2014

Date: 27th Meeting, Tuesday 04 November 2014

Location: Committee Room 1

Subordinate legislation (drink driving limit)

Subordinate legislation

Draft Budget Scrutiny 2015-16

Public petitions

Serious Crime Bill (UK Parliament legislation)

Committee Reports

Read the latest reports from the Justice Committee

11th Report, 2014 (Session 4): Legislative Consent Memorandum on the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill