Scotland has its own, distinct legal and justice system and as such Holyrood has powers to oversee and legislate on police, prisons, the court system, civil and criminal law.
It also controls youth justice and sentencing, legal aid and oversight of the legal profession. The Scottish government has its own law officers - the lord advocate and solicitor general. Here, BBC news online Scotland outlines the crime and justice policies of the SNP, Scottish Labour, the Scottish Conservatives, the Scottish Liberal Democrats and the Scottish Greens.
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