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Criminal Justice Bill published, 21/06/13 [S]

A raft of measures to improve the criminal justice system have been outlined in the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill.

The bill takes forward a range of proposals to modernise and improve efficiency within the criminal justice system, responding to reviews by Lord Carloway and Sheriff Principal Bowen. The bill includes provisions that will abolish the requirement for corroboration in criminal trials alongside increases to the jury majority required for a guilty verdict to two-thirds of jurors.

The bill also raises the maximum sentence for handling knives and other offensive weapons from four to five years.

Other key measures contained in the bill are:

  • Modernising the law around arrest and questioning of suspects
  • Improving the right to legal advice for individuals taken into police custody
  • Introducing a statutory aggravation for human trafficking
  • Strengthening court powers to impose sentences on those who commit offences while on early release
  • Establishing a Police Negotiating Board for Scotland for the negotiation of police officer pay and conditions

For full details see the Scottish Parliament and Government websites.

Further Information

Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill

Criminal Justice Bill published