Justice

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered at on 20 March 2003.

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Photo of Michael Russell Michael Russell Scottish National Party

Question S1W-34830

To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-31829 by Mr Jim Wallace on 3 December 2002, whether the fingerprint experts who gave evidence in the case of Shirley McKie have now given any evidence in court under oath since returning to work from suspension and whether it expects them to give any such evidence in court again and, if so, when.

Photo of Jim Wallace Jim Wallace Liberal Democrat

The officers concerned have not yet given evidence under oath as Crown experts. They are being assessed over the next month or so by the Scottish Criminal Record Office (SCRO) as part of the return to work strategy. If, thereafter, SCRO is satisfied that they should be allowed to undertake work which would involve giving evidence in court, the Crown Office will be advised accordingly. At that stage it would be for the Crown to indicate whether it would be content to receive reports from these experts.

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