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8 June, 2004

Passport to the law takes off in Scotland

A passport-size guide to the law for young people in Scotland is launched today by Hugh Henry, Deputy Minister for Justice.

More than 60 pupils from secondary schools throughout Scotland celebrated the launch at the Signet Library in Edinburgh.

The colourful, fully illustrated booklet is aimed at 14-19 year olds and contains 12 chapters of practical advice and information on the law in Scotland and how it affects young people. Included are sections on safety, health, travel, money, the police and courts. A comprehensive contacts section offers over 100 useful addresses, websites and telephone numbers to contact when things go wrong – or just for everyday information and advice.

The Passport can also be used as a resource for school teachers, mentors, youth workers and personal advisors.

“The Young Citizen’s Passport Scotland ... will help educate young Scottish citizens about their rights and responsibilities, as well as the law and legal system", says Deputy Minister for Justice Hugh Henry. "Effective information like this allows young people to make effective choices, and helps them be responsible citizens.”

Douglas Mill, Chief Executive of the Law Society of Scotland, said: “We are delighted to support Young Citizen’s Passport Scotland. Young people should have easy access to the law and information on how it relates to them. School leavers will face situations every day where the law has a direct impact on their lives and the Passport will be an invaluable reference point for what to do and where to go when that happens.”

Tony Breslin, Chief Executive of the Citizenship Foundation, said: “We are thrilled that this partnership with the Law Society of Scotland and Hodder Gibson has enabled the publication of a Scottish edition of the popular and award-winning Young Citizen’s Passport.”

The Young Citizen’s Passport has been produced jointly by the Law Society of Scotland, educational publisher Hodder Gibson and the Citizenship Foundation.

Young Citizen’s Passport Scotland will be available from selected bookshops priced £3.99.

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