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Call for evidence on Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill, 26/06/13 [S]

The Scottish Parliament Justice Committee has published a call for evidence on the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill.

The Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill takes forward the recommendations of two independent reviews which considered aspects of the criminal justice system.

The Bill implements recommendations from Lord Carloway’s review of criminal law and practice. It addresses a broad range of issues including corroboration, the length of time someone can be detained without charge, rights of access to a solicitor, questioning of witnesses, arrest and detention, child suspects and vulnerable adult suspects.

The Bill also implements recommendations from Sheriff Bowen’s Independent Review of Sheriff and Jury Procedure. It includes proposals to require the prosecutor and the defence to hold a compulsory business meeting in advance of the first hearing. The length of time the accused can be remanded before being brought to trial will also be extended from 110 days to 140 days.

The call for evidence is open until 30 August 2013.

For full details see the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill Stage 1 scrutiny by the Justice Committee