The purpose of this consultation is to seek views on plans to place existing, non-statutory, Appropriate Adult services on a statutory footing. A statutory service will help to ensure vulnerable people who come into contact with the justice system receive the same level of high quality support across Scotland.
We intend to use regulation-making powers in the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act
2016 (“the 2016 Act”) to establish a statutory service. Section 105 of the 2016 Act
requires us to consult publically prior to laying such regulations.