Establishing a statutory Appropriate Adult service in Scotland

Closes 26 Jun 2018

Opened 3 Apr 2018


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.

Why We Are Consulting

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. 

All responses will be analysed and considered along with any other available evidence to inform our approach to drafting regulations for establishing a statutory Appropriate Adult service in Scotland.

Download the consultation paper.

Give us your views


  • People of Scotland


  • Equality, Welfare and Rights
  • Health and Social Care
  • Law and Order