Results 161–180 of 1548 for speaker:Jamie Greene

Scottish Parliament: Trauma-informed Justice for Victims and Witnesses ( 9 May 2023)

Jamie Greene: I would love to, if I had some extra time, but I am really short.

Scottish Parliament: Trauma-informed Justice for Victims and Witnesses ( 9 May 2023)

Jamie Greene: In that case, I would be happy to hear Mr Swinney.

Scottish Parliament: Trauma-informed Justice for Victims and Witnesses ( 9 May 2023)

Jamie Greene: Let me respond by quoting something to Mr Swinney: “Undermining the foundations of the Scottish justice system to increase conviction rates is a dangerous approach which will create a serious risk of injustice.” Those are not my words; they come from the president of the Law Society of Scotland, whom I know he holds in great esteem. We have also heard repeatedly from every bar association...

Scottish Parliament: Trauma-informed Justice for Victims and Witnesses ( 9 May 2023)

Jamie Greene: I appreciate that much of the focus is on the issue of juryless trials, but in Lady Dorrian’s recommendations she also made a number of very sensible suggestions about how outcomes could be improved in trials with juries. Will the Government introduce them as well as or instead of juryless trials?

Scottish Parliament: Juryless Trials ( 2 May 2023)

Jamie Greene: 2. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reported comments from the Scottish Solicitors Bar Association that its plans for juryless trials would be an affront to justice and that any proposed pilot could result in boycott action. (S6T-01344)

Scottish Parliament: Juryless Trials ( 2 May 2023)

Jamie Greene: It is of course true that everyone wants to improve outcomes for victims of those horrific crimes, but the Government’s proposals for juryless trials have resulted in a significant backlash from the judiciary. The cabinet secretary just mentioned the ECHR. She will be aware of the comments made by Lord Uist, a retired senator of the College of Justice. Today, he said that the pilot and its...

Scottish Parliament: Juryless Trials ( 2 May 2023)

Jamie Greene: I agree with much of what the cabinet secretary said, and I keep an open mind on the outcomes of the bill. However, we cannot ignore very serious and direct pieces of feedback from senior members of the judiciary. Over the weekend, the cabinet secretary wrote in the media that the principal rationale for juryless trials is that “There is overwhelming evidence that jurors are subject to...

Scottish Parliament: Recorded Rape Statistics (27 Apr 2023)

Jamie Greene: 5. To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government’s response is to new Police Scotland statistics showing that the number of recorded rapes has increased to its highest level in six years. (S6F-02046)

Scottish Parliament: Recorded Rape Statistics (27 Apr 2023)

Jamie Greene: I echo many of the comments that the First Minister has made. We should also, as a Parliament, commend the bravery of those who come forward to report this horrific crime. However, it is dangerous to make the assumption that a rise in recorded cases is simply a by-product of more people coming forward and does not show an underlying rise in the levels of crime of this nature. That is the sort...

Scottish Parliament: Edinburgh Festival Fringe (26 Apr 2023)

Jamie Greene: 2. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the reported comments by the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society chief executive that the festival faces an “existential threat”. (S6O-02133)

Scottish Parliament: Edinburgh Festival Fringe (26 Apr 2023)

Jamie Greene: I am sure that the grants that the minister mentioned will be welcome; perhaps the loans will be less so. I hope that she will join me in welcoming the £8.6 million that the United Kingdom Government has pledged for Scotland’s festival economy, which I hope will create a permanent headquarters for the fringe in Edinburgh and year-round opportunities for artists and local talent. However,...

Scottish Parliament: Criminal Court Verdicts (26 Apr 2023)

Jamie Greene: As well as the removal of the not proven verdict, the victims bill—an excellent name for the bill, I must say—which was introduced yesterday, also proposes another major change, which is the reduction of jury sizes and the numbers that are required for a majority verdict. That is quite a substantial change to how decisions are made about whether someone is convicted. What was the thought...

Scottish Parliament: Police Scotland (Call Handlers) (30 Mar 2023)

Jamie Greene: I welcome the cabinet secretary to her new position. The problem is that two of her justice predecessors still hold two of the highest offices of Government, and many questions about the issue remain unanswered. The cabinet secretary has said that call handling has improved, but the reality is that, last year, hundreds of thousands of calls to Police Scotland went unanswered or were dropped...

Scottish Parliament: Court Maintenance Backlog (29 Mar 2023)

Jamie Greene: We heard some pretty horrific evidence at the Criminal Justice Committee that some victims of crime are dropping proceedings altogether; they are removing themselves from the process due to the lengthy delays and are being retraumatised by those delays. Is that not a huge cause for concern, particularly for the member’s constituents in the north-east?

Scottish Parliament: Court Maintenance Backlog (29 Mar 2023)

Jamie Greene: I thank my colleague Liam Kerr for bringing this important debate to the chamber. Although he highlighted failures in his region, he painted a picture of what is happening across the country. I also express some sympathy for the Minister for Community Safety, who has been sent to the front bench today. It is not her fault that none of the many justice ministers whom we have had—I think that...

Scottish Parliament: Court Maintenance Backlog (29 Mar 2023)

Jamie Greene: I am afraid that I do not have time for interventions.

Scottish Parliament: Court Maintenance Backlog (29 Mar 2023)

Jamie Greene: I would love to take them all, so if I can get a few minutes back, I will happily do so.

Scottish Parliament: Court Maintenance Backlog (29 Mar 2023)

Jamie Greene: That is great. I will start with Katy Clark.

Scottish Parliament: Court Maintenance Backlog (29 Mar 2023)

Jamie Greene: I say to Ms Clark, who is clearly defending the SNP this afternoon, that the Government does not need to borrow money. Instead, it should stop wasting money on failed projects; it is notorious for wasting money, as my colleagues know. If the Government spent its money better, it would not need to borrow more in the first place. The reality is that, every time a public service has asked for...

Scottish Parliament: Court Maintenance Backlog (29 Mar 2023)

Jamie Greene: I will do so in a second. The letter came from a freedom of information request, and the brave soul who had the guts to write to the Government at St Andrew’s house on the subject made it starkly clear what the problem was. I will partly paraphrase the letter. As a result of SCTS’s capital budget being “severely stretched”, it had to divert money “from estates backlog maintenance to...


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