Detalle Publicación

ARTÍCULO
People engaging with justice: petitions to the Scottish Parliament
Título de la revista: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR THE SEMIOTICS OF LAW
ISSN: 0952-8059
Volumen: 35
Número: 2
Páginas: 431 - 454
Fecha de publicación: 2022
Lugar: WOS
Resumen:
When the new Scottish Parliament was established through the Scotland Act of 1998, various innovative steps were taken to guarantee greater public participation in political processes. One of these measures, the Scottish e-petitioning system, provides a vehicle for interested citizens to petition the parliament directly on matters of public interest. This article examines all the e-petitions submitted since September 2011 in the area of Justice and Law, establishing how petitioners convey their own motivation for taking this step, and how Scottish justice is represented. Analysis of these petitions shows citizens engaging proactively with legal issues, and probes into citizens' conceptualizations of law and justice both in their current reality and as projections of how they could or should be. It also explores the association between legal and national consciousness, and the way in which citizens adopt an increasingly transnational approach to framing legal issues. The petitions thus reveal both active concern to achieve justice in highly specific individual matters, and a more theoretical concern with the specific status of Scottish justice, portrayed as lagging behind the rest of the United Kingdom in various respects.