About the Inquiry

The Justice Committee has held three roundtable evidence sessions covering the impact of leaving the EU on justice issues in Scotland.  The evidence focused on civil and criminal justice matters on the topics of:

  • family law (30 January 2018),
  • civil, commercial and consumer law (30 January 2018),
  • policing and criminal justice (20 February 2018).

Some of these areas could fall within the ambit of the Common Frameworks which are currently being discussed between the UK and the devolved nations.  The Joint Ministerial Committee (EU Negotiations) agreed a communique setting out a series of common principles that underpin the work of establishing common frameworks.

The Committee subsequently took evidence from the Secretary of State for Scotland (on 6 September 2018) and from the Cabinet Secretary for Justice and the Lord Advocate (on 11 September 2018).


Written submissions were received on Brexit and family law from:

Written submissions were received on Brexit and civil, commercial and consumer law from: 

Written submissions were received on Brexit and policing and criminal justice from:



The Committee published its report to the Parliament on 25 March 2019.

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