March 2014

Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill

The Law Society continues to press for section 57, which removes the requirement for corroboration, to be removed from the Bill.

The Society's Criminal Law Committee Convener, Ian Cruickshank, has been appointed to Lord Bonomy's review group on corroboration. Whilst we will fully engage with the review, we firmly believe that removing section 57 from the Bill to allow for a statutory review examining how the corroboration requirement works with all other aspects of the Scottish criminal justice system, followed by a short Bill to give effect to any recommendations, is the best way forward.

Full details on the Bill and the Society's comments can be found here.