Press release

26 November 2014

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who has recently replaced Kenny MacAskill has unveiled her new Cabinet which includes Michael Matheson as Cabinet Secretary for Justice.

His job includes responsibility for the Justice system – security, access to justice, criminal law and procedure, civil law, the police, the legal profession, courts, sentencing, prisons and prisoners, victims and witnesses, reducing reoffending, youth justice, criminal justice social work, community safety, fire and rescue services, anti-social behaviour, drugs policy, violence reduction, anti-sectarianism, liquor licensing.

Announcing the new Cabinet, Sturgeon said: “This new Cabinet is a team of all the talents, which will take forward this Government’s priorities for Scotland.

“The aims of my government are clear: to create a nation that is both social democratic and socially just, a nation that is confident in itself and governed effectively and a nation which will address poverty, support business, promote growth and tackle inequality.

"The new Cabinet team I have announced today will pursue these priorities with verve, vigour and determination."

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