Learning and Justice Directorates

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The Scottish Government Learning and Justice Directorates are a group of civil service Directorates in the Scottish Government created by a December 2010 re-organisation.[1]

The individual directorates within the overarching Learning and Justice Directorates report to the Director-General, Paul Johnston.[2]


There is a direct relationship between Ministers and the Learning and Justice Directorates, although this direct relationship varies across the Government as some DGs do not directly read across to Ministerial portfolios. The activities of the Directorates include those under the purview of the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Michael Matheson MSP and the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, John Swinney MSP. They are assisted in this work by the Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs, the Minister for Childcare and Early Years and the Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science.


The overarching Scottish Government Directorates were preceded by similar structures called "Departments" that no longer exist (although the word is still sometimes used in this context).[3] As an overarching family of Directorates, the Learning and Justice Directorates incorporate the following individual Directorates:[4]

Agencies and other bodies

The Directorates are responsible for various non-departmental public bodies.


  1. "Paul Gray, Director-General Rural Affairs, Environment and Services". Scottish Government. Retrieved 7 May 2011. This notice refers to the transfer of the DG of the Scottish Government Environment Directorates in December 2010, and thus indirectly to this re-organisation.
  2. "About: People: Directorates: Strategic board: Learning & Justice". Scottish Government. 14 January 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2016.
  3. "Reporting on 100 Days: Moving Scotland forward" Scottish Government. Retrieved 15 August 2009. "A new structure for Scotland's Government has been put in place, transforming the Departmental structure, moving from 9 Heads of Department, to a Strategic Board with the Permanent Secretary and five Directors General (DG), with each DG having responsibility for driving one of the Government's strategic objectives. Directors-General focus on the performance of the whole organisation against the Government's purpose. The new structure means that the old Scottish Executive Departments no longer exist. Instead, each DG supports and manages a number of Directorates headed by a Director with these Directorates leading, presenting and developing policy for Ministers."
  4. "About: People: Directorates". Scottish Government. 4 July 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2016.

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