EQIA support: Case Study – Scottish Court Service
(one of the first full equality impact assessments carried out by a public body in Scotland involving a sustained approach to community engagement and leading to real change)
Background: as a result of a meeting between CEMVO and SCS to discuss progress on mainstreaming race equality, the issue of Sikhs entering courts in Scotland whilst in possession of the Kirpan was identified as an unresolved concern. It was agreed that the impact of the current Security policy on members of the Sikh community needed to be fully assessed.
Outcome: at the end of the process, a formal ceremony with the Sikh community was held in Parliament Hall, Edinburgh where the Lord President formally ‘signed off’ innovative new policy and procedures.