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Review presents an important opportunity to examine trial procedure

13 March 2015 | tagged News release

In response to the publication of the Scottish Court Service Evidence and Procedure Review today Friday, 13 March, Ian Cruickshank convener of the Law Society of Scotland Criminal Law Committee, said:

“This review presents an important opportunity to examine current  trial procedure and consider the best  presentation of evidence in Scottish criminal trials.

“We would welcome any measures which improve the quality of evidence presented in criminal trials, particularly in relation to the evidence of children and vulnerable witnesses who can find the process very intimidating. We also believe that that the admissibility of statements and the modernisation of trial procedure are areas which should be considered.

“However it is essential that any proposal for change will continue to ensure witness evidence can be properly examined without compromising  the accused’s right to a fair trial.

“We will liaise with our solicitor members and work with the Scottish Courts Service and other criminal justice stakeholders to help shape the outcomes from this important review.”

ENDS                                     13 MARCH 2015

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

Valerie McEwan – 0131 226 8884 or email  valeriemcewan@lawscot.org.uk

Sarah Sutton – 0131 476 8170 or email sarahsutton@lawscot.org.uk

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