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As Scottish Parliament election candidates pledge to review the not proven verdict, Law Society President Amanda Millar warns that principles of Scottish criminal justice system must be maintained.
The safety of court users remains of primary concern as the Lord President announces that the current reduction in court business will remain in place throughout March 2021.
Our comment following the publication of a Dean's Ruling allowing Faculty members to appear in criminal matters, short of trial, without the instructing solicitor.
Provisions of the Vulnerable Witnesses (Criminal Evidence) (Scotland) Act 2019 came into effect today (Monday 20 January 2020), including a presumption in favour of pre-recording the evidence of child witnesses in certain types of cases. We are working with Scottish Government officials to develop training in this area, and in the meantime have highlighted some of the changes.