Results 101–120 of 1550 for speaker:Jamie Greene

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s 999 Emergency Telephone Service (27 Jun 2023)

Jamie Greene: I thank BT for the information that it has provided, which is now on the record. We cannot overstate the importance of our 999 and 101 services or the importance of the public having full confidence in them and getting through when they need to. However, that trust has been eroded in many circumstances. Over the past five years, nearly 2 million calls to 101 have been abandoned by the caller,...

Scottish Parliament: Road Safety and Condition (22 Jun 2023)

Jamie Greene: 5. To ask the First Minister whether he will provide an update on whether the Scottish Government is fully committed to improving the safety and condition of all of Scotland’s major roads. (S6F-02273)

Scottish Parliament: Road Safety and Condition (22 Jun 2023)

Jamie Greene: I thank the First Minister for that update. Rightly, much has been said in the chamber about the dismal progress on improving the A9 and the A96. However, right across Scotland, the reality is that there are far too many roads that are not just crumbling but costing lives, including, in the south and west of Scotland—my area—the A75, A77, A737, A84, A85 and A8, and the M8, which is in...

Scottish Parliament: Children (Care and Justice) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (22 Jun 2023)

Jamie Greene: I thank members for their contributions so far. It has been an interesting but far too short debate—something that we have become accustomed to. This is an important and complex subject that merits far more chamber time. I cannot believe that we are squashing a stage 1 debate and a stage 3 debate into two and a half hours of chamber time on a Thursday afternoon. It does not do any justice...

Scottish Parliament: Bail and Release from Custody (Scotland) Bill (22 Jun 2023)

Jamie Greene: Today marks the end of a long journey for the Bail and Release from Custody (Scotland) Bill. Although it seems quite technical in nature, it attracted a range of outlooks on and experiences and views of our criminal justice system. The bill will have far-reaching consequences, which we must consider. It is our duty to do so. We face important questions about the bill. Is it in part, or as a...

Scottish Parliament: Bail and Release from Custody (Scotland) Bill (22 Jun 2023)

Jamie Greene: Will the cabinet secretary give way?

Scottish Parliament: Bail and Release from Custody (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (21 Jun 2023)

Jamie Greene: I put on the record my and my party’s thanks to all those organisations that have worked with committee members and others during the passage of the bill. The bill is a bill of two parts. Part 1 is the substantive part because it deals with the pivotal moment when a judge has to decide whether to remand someone in custody or bail them on release back into society, often with conditions...

Scottish Parliament: Bail and Release from Custody (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (21 Jun 2023)

Jamie Greene: I am grateful to the cabinet secretary for explaining the Government’s position. However, I pose the scenario of a busy custody court. I do not understand how the situation would be best addressed there. On the day, Crown counsel would probably be presenting a large number of cases to the judge. Amendment 15 says: “the court may ... request the prosecutor to provide it with information in...

Scottish Parliament: Bail and Release from Custody (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (21 Jun 2023)

Jamie Greene: I apologise to Labour for the pre-emptions in this group—I will explain those shortly. Amendments 22 and 23 in this group are largely consequential on the primary amendment, which is amendment 17. I apologise to members for the fact that the speech that I am giving just now is the main one that I will give today, from my point of view, because it relates to the bail test, which is the core...

Scottish Parliament: Bail and Release from Custody (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (21 Jun 2023)

Jamie Greene: No, we did not, and—disappointingly—neither did the judiciary come and give evidence to us. I would have liked to have heard from judges and sheriffs in front of the committee at stage 1, as we gathered evidence for our stage 1 report. Nonetheless, they produced—unusually—a 13-page letter, which we cannot ignore. It is not often that the most senior judge in Scotland would criticise...

Scottish Parliament: Bail and Release from Custody (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (21 Jun 2023)

Jamie Greene: The point of the amendment is precisely to give the courts that discretion. The factors that are listed in my amendment are reasonable grounds. The problem is that, if someone meets all those criteria—there is evidence of their breaching bail conditions; they had previously been released on bail and committed further offences, of which there is evidence; and they have repeatedly absconded...

Scottish Parliament: Bail and Release from Custody (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (21 Jun 2023)

Jamie Greene: I thank all members for their contributions. The debate on this group has been a long one, but it is an important one. As Pauline McNeill said, it gets to the heart of what the bill is trying to do and what the Criminal Justice Committee has spent many months trying to unearth. I have a number of brief comments to make in response to the cabinet secretary and other members. It is still...

Scottish Parliament: Bail and Release from Custody (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (21 Jun 2023)

Jamie Greene: I will shortly. I want to pose a question to the cabinet secretary. Of the proposed change, the Lord President said: “It is difficult to see how the proposed new structure will make any practical difference in outcomes.” I will stop the quote there and carry on in a second. Surely that is the whole point of what the Government is trying to do—to make a practical difference to...

Scottish Parliament: Bail and Release from Custody (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (21 Jun 2023)

Jamie Greene: We have been really clear about how to deal with the remand population: get through the backlog and get through it more quickly. That will reduce the remand population massively, cabinet secretary, and you have the power to do that. Apologies—I should be speaking through the chair. I am not paraphrasing anyone in anything that I have said this afternoon. I am quoting directly the words of...

Scottish Parliament: Bail and Release from Custody (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (21 Jun 2023)

Jamie Greene: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I would have voted yes.

Scottish Parliament: Bail and Release from Custody (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (21 Jun 2023)

Jamie Greene: I will speak for long enough for folk to have a cup of tea so that they are not rushing back. This is an important group of amendments, and I am glad that Pauline McNeill was able to open the debate on it. I will speak first about the other amendments in the group and am supportive of all the amendments in the group, for the following reasons. Amendment 73, in the name of Pauline McNeill,...

Scottish Parliament: Bail and Release from Custody (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (21 Jun 2023)

Jamie Greene: I appreciate the cabinet secretary taking an intervention. I have two points to make on that. First, she said—I think that she used these words—that there is “strong support for” the removal of section 23D of the 1995 act. I do not think that that is the case. Support came from some quarters, but not all. In fact, views were quite split. I sat through all the evidence sessions, so I...

Scottish Parliament: Bail and Release from Custody (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (21 Jun 2023)

Jamie Greene: Thank you, Presiding Officer—let me just get my bearings. For the benefit of members who have not been following the bill, group 6 is on a section concerning time spent on electronically monitored bail. For most folks, that is commonly known as electronic tagging as a condition of bail. Section 5 as currently drafted will require judges to consider the period of time that an offender has...

Scottish Parliament: Bail and Release from Custody (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (21 Jun 2023)

Jamie Greene: I thank members for participating in this short debate, and I thank the cabinet secretary for her comments. I want to sum up with a number of points that reflect on the point that Maggie Chapman made about the correlation between being electronically monitored while on bail versus being in custody. The whole premise of the bill, which we discussed at great length earlier, is that the...

Scottish Parliament: Bail and Release from Custody (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (21 Jun 2023)

Jamie Greene: In that case, perhaps the cabinet secretary would be happy to accept my amendment 24, which makes the situation abundantly clear. In section 5, which is headed “Time spent on electronically monitored bail”, it says that, “After section 210 of the 1995 Act (consideration of time spent in custody)”, we insert: “When passing ... sentence, the court must ... have regard to the bail...


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