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Law Society welcomes delay on Criminal Justice Bill

23 April 2014 | tagged News release

The Law Society of Scotland has welcomed today's announcement by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice to delay stage 2 consideration of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill until after Lord Bonomy has reported on his review findings. 

Ian Cruickshank, Convener of the Law Society of Scotland's Criminal Law Committee, said: "This is very good news. The Scottish Government is to be commended to listening and responding positively to the many groups, including the Law Society, who have expressed such concern over the approach which was being taken. It makes complete sense for the Justice Committee to be able to consider how the Bill would work as a whole, including any recommendations that the Bonomy Review Group brings forward, prior to its second stage reading. 

"We have consistently called for a full review of the law of corroboration. I hope this will present the opportunity for Lord Bonomy to fully examine the interconnections of the corroboration requirement with all other aspects of the criminal justice system, which have not so far been examined, within the context of the Bill as a whole. That will help ensure we continue to have a criminal justice system that we can be proud of and which respects the rights of the accused and the complainer." 

ENDS                                                                                                                  23 APRIL 2014

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION : Please contact Val McEwan on 0131 226 8884.

Email: valeriemcewan@lawscot.org.uk

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