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2. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that the backlog of court cases could take up to a decade to clear. (S5T-02423)
We have to remember that, for every criminal trial that is delayed, there is a victim waiting for justice. The reality is that most of the backlog in Scotland was built up before the coronavirus hit. The latest figures show that over 80 per cent of the 22,000 trials that were scheduled at the end of June were carried over from March. The committee’s report said: “Covid-19 and lockdown has...
I hear what the cabinet secretary says, but I do not think that victims or the wider public will be reassured that the situation is under control. The cabinet secretary talks of some possible actions, but I will specifically talk about sentence discounts, whereby a criminal gets a shorter sentence in return for an early guilty plea. Victim Support Scotland has made it clear that further...
Conservative MSP for North East Scotland
Entered the Scottish Parliament on 7 May 2016 — Election
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