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Courts and the Legal System

Fundamental to stronger communities is a modern legal framework which commands public confidence and protects people from unfair treatment by the state, by businesses or by other people.

Scotland has its own justice system which is built on traditional values of integrity and fairness, but society has changed over the last two decades. Scotland needs modern justice institutions that have the capacity and flexibility to respond to those changes - while retaining the values on which its reputation has been built.

In this section

  • Making Justice Work

    A four year programme working towards a fair, accessible, cost-effective and efficient justice system in Scotland.

  • Rights of Audience

    Applications made by bodies to conduct litigation and rights of audience.

  • Reducing Reoffending

    Tackling and dealing with offending in Scotland.

  • Lockerbie

    Information considered by Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill when making his decision.

  • Tribunals

    Information on the Scottish Tribunals Service.