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Carloway Review is radical and substantial

November 17, 2011 5:28 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting on the publication of the Carloway review into the future of Scots criminal law, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP said:

"I welcome the publication of Lord Carloway's report. It is a thorough and reasoned piece of work, and we must now give full and fair consideration to its recommendations.

"Protecting peoples' rights and ensuring a fair trial must be at the heart of any reforms. Our justice system must be robust, and it must be fully compliant with the European Convention on Human Rights.

"Lord Carloway's report has those goals at its core; however the changes put forward are both radical and substantial and so will need further detailed study.

"Corroboration is one of the primary foundations of the system of Scots criminal law and serves as an important safeguard against miscarriages of justice. A proposal to abandon corroboration without the introduction of formal guidelines to assess the quality of evidence could weaken that safeguard.

"I look forward to further debate on this recommendation, but as yet I remain to be convinced that it would be the right way forward."