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Listen to Lord Gill, says Law Society

20 November 2013 | tagged News release

The Law Society of Scotland has backed Lord Gill's recommendation to the Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee today, 20 November, not to abolish the need for corroboration.

Peter Lockhart, member of the Law Society of Scotland's Criminal Law Committee, said:

"All of us should listen to what Lord Gill, Scotland's most senior judge, has to say about corroboration.

"We fully support Lord Gill's recommendation that corroboration should be taken out of the Bill and looked at separately.

"The Scottish solicitors' profession is deeply concerned about proposals to remove the need for corroboration in criminal trials. It is an integral part of the Scottish criminal justice system; the degree of opposition to this proposal should make MSPs stop and think.

"Corroboration helps juries and judges decide who is guilty and who is innocent. Removing it will lead to convictions on the evidence of a single witness, which will lead to a greater risk of miscarriages of justice."

ENDS                                                                                             20 NOVEMBER 2013

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:

Please contact Julia Brown on 0131 476 8204 or Val McEwan on 0131 226 8884.

Email: juliabrown@lawscot.org.uk  / valeriemcewan@lawscot.org.uk

20 November 2013

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