The Scottish Just Law Centre aims to reduce discrimination and disadvantage in Scotland by helping people use equalities and human rights law as an effective tool for social change.
The Scottish Just Law Centre (SJLC) is an innovative collaborative project which brings together the legal expertise of JustRight Scotland with the sector expertise of Inclusion Scotland and Scottish Trans.
We work with disabled and trans people in Scotland to challenge discriminatory policies and practices of public bodies and service providers, with the aim of improving their access to justice.
We also take referrals for cases impacting other groups that suffer inequality and disadvantage – promoting the use of the law and strategic litigation as an effective way of tackling discrimination and improving outcomes for numerous affected people at once.
What We Do
We work to:
- Identify the policies and practices that result in being treated less favourably than other people (see Strategic Priorities for examples);
- Raise awareness of the legal remedies available amongst frontline workers in the community advice and support organisations whose services affected individuals use;
- Build a link between those frontline workers and the SJLC, so they can refer people to our public lawyers to help them legally challenge the public body or service provider in question; and
- Bring about a change to the policy or practice that benefits everyone affected by it.
Get in Touch
If you are a frontline adviser or support worker, you can make a referral to us on behalf of a service user.
Due to limited resources, we are not able to take “self-referrals” directly from members of the public. You can ask an adviser or support worker to refer you to us, though.
We are funded by:
Press Releases & Briefings
Policy Consultation Responses
New Plan for Immigration 2021 – JustCitizens Response (PDF)
New Plan for Immigration 2021 – JustRight Scotland Response (PDF)
Judicial Review Reform and the Devolved Jurisdictions (PDF)
Briefing for Third Sector Organisations in Scotland Responding to the UK Govt’s New Plan for Immigration Consultation (PDF)
The Impact of the Human Rights Act 1998 in Scotland: A perspective from legal practice (PDF)
Short guide for Scottish civil society organisations on responding to the Independent Human Rights Act Review (PDF)
The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Equalities and Human Rights in Scotland (JRS) (PDF)
The UNCRC (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill 2020 (PDF)
Legal Aid Reform in Scotland (PDF)
Incorporation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) (PDF)
Blog & News Articles
EU Citizens and Access to Benefits: Time is Running Out for EU Citizens to Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme
Gwyn King, our specialist welfare expert and Senior Associate Solicitor in our Scottish Just Law Centre (SJLC) warns that time is running out for EU citizens and their family members to apply to...
New Plan for Immigration Consultation: A Briefing for Scottish Civil Society Organisations
On 24 March 2021, the UK Government published its New Plan for Immigration, which sets out various proposals for changes to nationality, immigration and asylum law. The consultation invites members of...
New Plan for Immigration Consultation: Our Response
On 24 March 2021, the UK Government published its New Plan for Immigration, which sets out various proposals for changes to nationality, immigration and asylum law. JustRight Scotland and our JustCitizens...
Protecting gender equality on public boards in Scotland
By Gwyn King The Scottish Government acknowledged some time ago that public decision makers in Scotland are often not representative enough of the diverse society in which they operate, or inclusive...
Response to Independent Review on the Human Rights Act
We have submitted a response to the Independent Review of the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA), in response to its call for evidence which closed on 3 March 2021. Our submission makes it clear that we see ...