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How will independence improve Scotland’s justice agencies’ work with their counterparts in the EU and internationally?

Scotland’s police and prosecutors already work effectively with their counterparts in other European countries and through EU bodies, such as Europol.

The Scottish Government opposes Westminster’s plans to opt-out of EU agreements that put at risk access to the European Arrest Warrant and other practical cross-border measures for Scottish justice agencies.

Following independence, Scotland will no longer have to rely on representation on international bodies via Westminster. As an independent EU member state, Scotland will have its own voice in the development of EU justice and home affairs policy and legislation.

Source: Scotland's Future, Scottish Government, November 2013.

Will Scotland be able to extradite cross-border criminals to face justice?

Yes. The Scottish Government intends to maintain current arrangements for extradition to ensure that criminals can be pursued and brought to justice across international borders.

Source: Scotland's Future, Scottish Government, November 2013.

How will an independent Scotland deal with cross-border crimes like human trafficking?

Scotland’s devolved justice agencies already work effectively with their counterparts in other countries to tackle human trafficking and other cross-border crimes.

An independent Scotland will have its own voice and will be able to participate positively and directly in EU and wider international co-operative arrangements that protect our security and help tackle cross-border crime.

Source: Scotland's Future, Scottish Government, November 2013.