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SNP must listen to wider counsel on plans to abolish corroboration

November 20, 2013 7:24 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting after Scotland's most senior judge, Lord Gill, told theAlison McInnesAlison McInnes Justice Committee of his opposition to the Government's plans to abolish corroboration through the Criminal Justice Bill, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP said:

"The Cabinet Secretary has consistently justified his plan to scrap corroboration by arguing it had the support of the country's second most senior judge. Now that the head of the judiciary in Scotland, the Lord President, has expressed serious concerns and declared his opposition to removing this vital safeguard, the Cabinet Secretary must finally listen to wiser counsel.

"Corroboration is key to ensuring that evidence is credible and reliable. It protects against miscarriages of justice, false accusations, wrongful convictions and the erosion of the presumption of innocence.

"The Cabinet Secretary must recognise the dangers of cutting corners in the pursuit of convictions."