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Piecemeal approach to justice cannot continue

August 30, 2012 1:42 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting on remarks made by Alistair Bonnington, solicitor-advocate in the High Court of Justiciary, that Scottish law is being eroded by ill-considered legislation and the removal of corroboration as a principle of Scots law would leave the legal system "open to attack", Scottish Liberal Democrat Justice Spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP said:

"Alistair Bonnington is right that corroboration is one of the primary foundations of the system of Scots criminal law and serves as an important safeguard against miscarriages of justice.

"Any decision that would see the removal corroboration as a central pillar of Scots law could only be taken after considered debate. However, on the evidence of the actions of the Scottish Government to date, it is understandable that those who work in the Scottish legal system are concerned.

"Kenny MacAskill has been guilty of an outrageous attack on the UK Supreme Court which threatened the independence of the legal system from political interference.

"The piecemeal approach to Scots law that the Scottish Government has pursued over the last few years cannot continue. The Justice Secretary must reflect on the forceful reflections on his tenure made by Mr Bonnington."