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Overstretched police struggling to submit cases to the Crown on time

29 Mar 2019

Overstretched police are taking longer to submit cases to the Crown and Procurator Fiscal than at any time since the SNP came to power, it has emerged.

Research by the Scottish Conservatives has revealed nearly one in five cases, where an accused has been cautioned and charged, are taking more than the target 28 days to be processed.

The 81.4 per cent of cases that were sent in on time this year is the lowest since 2007, and significantly worse than the 88.4 per cent of 2010/11.

Shadow justice secretary Liam Kerr said it was evidence of police having too much to do with fewer resources.

And he added this would add to the upset of victims of crime who just want to see these cases resolved.

Scottish Conservative shadow justice secretary Liam Kerr said:

“This is evidence of an overstretched police force struggling to meet the demands currently placed upon it.

“The SNP has cut budgets to the bone, and the consequence of that is it’s taking too long to process these cases.

“It all means that victims of crime are having to wait even longer for their tormentors to be brought to justice.

“Scotland’s justice system needs to move efficiently and effectively.

“The SNP is in sole charge of the justice system, has been for more than a decade, and it’s presided over this pretty notable drop in performance.”