30 Aug 2012
A senior legal figure has attacked the Scottish Government for presiding over a “third world” legal system.
Alistair Bonnington, a former honorary professor of Law at Glasgow University, and solicitor-advocate in the High Court of Justiciary, made a number of criticisms in an article in today’s Times.
Among those was the view that Holyrood had done more harm to Scots law since 1999 than Westminster did over 300 years.
Scottish Conservative justice spokesman David McLetchie MSP said:
“He is right to be critical of some of the reforms which are now proposed, such as abolition of the requirement for corroboration, without a more thorough review of the criminal justice system.
“There has also been an unfortunate tendency since 1999 to enact laws and create offences which are more about ‘sending a message’ than dealing with serious matters.”