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S5W-00415: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 1 June 2016

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S4W-29576 by Michael Matheson on 10 February 2016, on what date the guidance will be published.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 14 June 2016

The Scottish Government is committed to publishing guidance relating to restorative justice as soon as possible. However, it is essential that such guidance is developed in collaboration with restorative justice experts and those with expertise in dealing with victims’ issues, to ensure that the interests of all those participating in the restorative justice process are reflected.

The Scottish Government has taken a collaborative approach to developing this guidance and a revised draft was circulated to the Scottish Restorative Justice Forum (whose membership includes Sacro, Rape Crisis Scotland, VSS and Scottish Women’s Aid) in March 2016. The latest comments from stakeholders are currently being considered.