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Legislative Changes Assist in the Recovery of Criminal Assets

It is now easier to seize money, assets and property from serious criminals thanks to recent changes to the law, the Lord Advocate, James Wolffe QC, has said. Additional new powers due to come into effect in January will further assist in this process.

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Reducing Re-offending in Scotland

The Scottish Government has announced that it intends to extend a presumption against short prison sentences and encourage greater use of more effective community sentences to help reduce incidences of re-offending. However, it says that short jail terms should still be imposed when they are the only suitable option.

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Women Receives Serious Crime Prevention Order

Scotland’s first ever Serious Crime Prevention Order (SCPO) has been issued to a woman who made death threats to a high profile politician and bomb threats to a number of well-known locations.

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Report Reveals Level of Hate Crime in Scotland

A recent report published by the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service has given details on race crime in Scotland, and on crime motivated by prejudice related to religion, disability, sexual orientation and transgender identity. It also includes figures for charges under the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012.

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Raising the Age of Criminal Responsibility

The Scottish Government has recently announced that the minimum age of criminal responsibility in Scotland is to be increased from eight to twelve-years-old. 

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