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Tackling Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm

Four key provisions of the Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Act 2016 are now in force and aim to help tackle crimes involving abusive behaviour and sexual harm.

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Use of Pre-Recorded Evidence in Criminal Trials

One of Scotland’s most senior judges, The Lord Justice Clerk, Lady Dorrian, has published new legal guidance to improve the use of pre-recorded evidence from child and vulnerable witnesses during criminal trials.

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EC Sets Out New Action Plan on Drugs

The European Commission (EC) has recently published details of its new EU Action Plan on Drugs, which it says provides a strengthened response to the newly-emerging health and security challenges in the area of illicit drug use and trafficking.

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Sexual Offences: New National Standards for Forensic Examinations

The overall number of recorded crime is decreasing, however, the number of recorded sexual crime is getting higher. While this has happened, there have been growing concerns that the support a victim receives varies significantly across the country and can depend on where they live and where the offence occurred. As such, it has been recognised that there is a need for clear standards nationwide.

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Drivers Warned of Increased Penalties for Mobile Phone Use

Young and inexperienced drivers risk losing their licence if they use their mobile phones behind the wheel, safety organisation RoSPA has warned. 

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