Consultation on age of criminal responsibility

The Scottish Government are seeking views on the principle of raising the age of criminal responsibility from 8 to 12. The age of criminal responsibility is a significant and complex policy area, which raises sensitivities due to the potential for rare, serious cases involving young children. Children under 12 cannot be prosecuted in court in […]

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Consultation on police powers to search children and young people for alcohol

The Scottish Government is seeking views on whether the police should be given the following search powers; The power to search a child or young person under the age of 18 for alcohol, where a constable has reasonable grounds to suspect that the person is under the age of 18 and has alcohol in a […]

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Consultation on seatbelt requirements on dedicated school transport

Seat belts play an important role in keeping people safe whilst travelling in motor vehicles and the Scottish Government has had long-standing intentions to introduce legislation which would require councils to stipulate, within any dedicated school transport contracts with bus operators that the vehicles used must be fitted with seat belts. Dedicated school transport in […]

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Consultation on a draft code of practice for stop and search

The Scottish Government is seeking views on whether any changes should be made to the draft Code of Practice for Stop and Search before it comes into force. The Code of Practice on Stop and Search will set out rules and guidance on when and how Stop and Search is used, how the search would […]

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