Justice Committee

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The Justice Committee considers matters falling within the responsibility of the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, and functions of the Lord Advocate other than as head of the systems of criminal prosecution and investigation of deaths in Scotland.

Background work on Common Frameworks

The Committee heard from the Secretary of State for Scotland and the Cabinet Secretary for Justice as it undertook work on the impact of Brexit on the civil and criminal justice systems and policing in Scotland. The Committee considered whether common frameworks would be required in justice matters once the UK had left the EU.

Date Action
26 August 2019 The Committee received correspondence from the Cabinet Secretary for Justice in response to its report on the impact of Brexit on the Civil and Criminal Justice systems and policing in Scotland.  The letter noted the discussions taking place between the UK Government and Scottish Government on legislative and non-legislative common frameworks that may be required, and also noted that these frameworks would define how the UK and Scotland would co-operate on civil and criminal justice matters and policing after the UK had left the EU.
27 June 2019 The Committee published its report on the impact of Brexit on the civil and criminal justice systems and policing in Scotland.

The report included a section on common frameworks and highlighted the UK Government analysis which identified where non-legislative common frameworks may be required in justice related policy areas.

11 September 2018 The Committee continued to discuss the impact of Brexit on the civil and criminal justice systems and policing in Scotland.  The Cabinet Secretary for Justice attended the meeting, and answered a question on common frameworks on justice matters.
6 September 2018 The Rt Hon David Mundell MP, then Secretary of State for Scotland appeared before the Committee as it looked at the impact of Brexit on the civil and criminal justice systems and policing in Scotland.

He responded to a question on how common frameworks in the area of justice were being developed.