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Children (Care and Justice) (Scotland) Bill

The Bill makes changes to the law in relation to the care of children and the involvement of children in the criminal justice system.

The changes relate to the children’s hearings system and several parts of the criminal justice system. This includes courts that hear cases relating to children and the places where children can be detained.

The Bill was passed on 25 April 2024 and became an Act on 04 June 2024



The Scottish Government introduces the Bill and accompanying documents to the Parliament which publishes the Bill.

The Bill was introduced on 13 December 2022

Bill as introduced

Financial resolution

The Presiding Officer has decided under Rule 9.12 of Standing Orders that a financial resolution is required for this Bill.

Related information from the Scottish Government on the bill

Delegated Powers Memorandum

Information on the powers the Bill gives the Scottish Ministers and others to make “secondary legislation” (usually regulations) and to the Scottish Ministers (such as to make guidance).

Statements on Legislative Competence

Statements on whether the Bill is within the Parliament’s “legislative competence” (if the Parliament has the power to make the changes to the law proposed by the Bill).

Scottish Parliament research on the Bill

Read the research done by the Scottish Parliament on specific parts of the Bill:

Briefing on the Children (Care and Justice) (Scotland) Bill