March 8 is an important date for women around the world each year, whether in the first or third world, or in developed or developing countries, or rich or poor countries. It is a day on which we remind ourselves of the struggle to achieve equality that so many women have fought and died for over the decades and centuries. It is also a stark reminder of how far we have still to go. No matter...
In the light of the Justice Committee’s inquiry into the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, including the many issues that we have heard about regarding performance and the serious concerns that have been raised, does the minister believe that a £4 million cut to the COPFS budget this year will improve and speed up access to justice?
I am grateful to the minister for early sight of her statement. She referred to “proposals to streamline and modernise the system” and went on to say that “proposals on certain fee reforms for criminal legal assistance have been developed and will be taken to the profession in the near future.” Will those fee reforms include civil legal assistance? If not, what is the...
Labour MSP for West Scotland
Entered the Scottish Parliament on 6 May 2011 — Election
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