Taken together with the double jeopardy legislation and issues like corroboration we are experiencing a campaigning government that is arguably defining justice as securing convictions at the expense of protecting the innocent. It could also be argued that the hand of the Crown Office can be seen at every turn.
Scotland’s record of miscarriages is not a proud one and it is unlikely that such recommendations unless carefully assessed will improve the situation.
This piecemeal reform is quite frankly dangerous and can quickly undermine the checks and balances required to ensure stability and equity in our justice system.
At a time when we are moving to a national police force we need to be extremely careful about ensuring that acountability and equality before the law are more than establishment platitudes.
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