January 2014

Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill

Grazia Robertson, from the Society's Criminal Law Committee, gave evidence to the Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee on solemn procedure reforms. The Society supported proposals for procurator fiscals and defence agents to get together to try to resolve cases, as envisaged by section 66 of the Bill, but warned that there would be significant resource implications.

The Society continues to voice concerns over the proposal to abolish the requirement for corroboration, stating that without introducing alternative safeguards, it will result in the risk of increased miscarriages of justice. The Society has called for a review of the law surrounding corroboration and backed Lord Gill's suggestion that corroboration should be taken out of the Bill and looked at separately. In early 2014, the Society will host a roundtable event with groups for and against the proposal.