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

30th Justice Committee Meeting 2014

Date: 30th Meeting, Tuesday 25 November 2014

Location: Committee Room 2

Draft Budget Scrutiny 2015-16

Subordinate legislation

Modern Slavery Bill (UK Parliament legislation)

The Official Report of this meeting is due for publication by 6 pm on Thursday 27 November 2014.

Committee Reports

Read the latest reports from the Justice Committee

12th Report, 2014 (Session 4): Mutual Recognition of Criminal Financial Penalties in the European Union (Scotland) (No. 1) Order 2014

13th Report, 2014 (Session 4): Road Traffic Act 1988 (Prescribed Limit) (Scotland) Regulations 2014