Justice Strategy for Scotland

Vision for justice in Scotland

Our vision is of a justice system that contributes positively to a flourishing Scotland, helping to create an inclusive and respectful society in which all people and communities live in safety and security, individual and collective rights are supported and disputes are resolved fairly and swiftly.

Upholding the rule of law and protecting society are essential to ensure people lead productive lives in safe and secure communities and to support a flourishing economy in Scotland.

Our strategy

The Strategy for Justice in Scotland sets out the approach being taken by the Scottish Government and justice organisations to make the Scottish justice system fit for the 21st century.  The justice system is broadly defined to include the many people and organisations who work to keep our communities safe and to administer justice in its various forms: civil, criminal and administrative.

The strategy is an articulation of the approach to justice and community safety that has been developed over the last five years.  It has been set down in one place to support and strengthen the collaborative approach across justice organisations, while respecting the proper seperation of powers, to ensure we are successful in delivering an effective and efficient justice system.

No one part of the justice system can improve the whole justice system on its own - collaborative working is crucial. The strategy ensures we take an outcome-focused, evidence based approach to our work.  It ensures we are ambitious and innovative in all that we do so that we succeed in creating a justice system which best serves those it is designed to serve – the people of Scotland.

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Monitoring progress

The Justice Board, which includes Scottish Government Directors and the heads of partner justice organisations, monitors progress in the delivery of the Justice Strategy via the Justice Outcomes. The Justice Dashboard has been developed to enable the effective monitoring of progress.


For further information or queries please email justicechange@scotland.gsi.gov.uk