Stakeholder discussion paper on a Letter of Rights for Scotland- a year on

July 10, 2015

JUSTICE Scotland responded to a Scottish Government consultation on the Letter of Rights for suspects in police detention, a year on from the introduction of the letter. JSUTICE Scotland responded to the last review and were pleased that almost all of our suggestions had been incorporated into the letter. However, now that the EU Directive on […]

Adam Wagner

May 29, 2015

Barrister at 1 Crown Office Row

Complex and lengthy trials

January 16, 2015

The JUSTICE Working Party on Complex and Lengthy Trials had its first meeting in December, chaired by Sir David Calvert-Smith and including many leading experts in serious crime investigation, prosecution and defence. The problem of lengthy trials was discussed along with how the task of recommending change should be undertaken. The members agreed that they […]

Giving legal advice at police stations: practical pointers

January 14, 2015

The Criminal Procedure (Legal Assistance, Detention and Appeals) (Scotland) Act 2010 made significant amendments to the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995. As a result, JUSTICE prepared a short guide to offer practical assistance to practitioners advising and representing detained persons at police stations in entirely new circumstances. Downloads Giving legal advice at police stations- practical […]

Devolution and Human Rights

JUSTICE’s report warns that any move to repeal or substantially amend the Human Rights Act or enact a bill of rights for the UK would have serious consequences for the devolved jurisdictions. Downloads  Devoultion and Human Rights– February, 2010

Transforming Legal Aid

JUSTICE considers that the proposals in Transforming Legal Aid are rushed, ill-considered and unsupported by evidence. We regret that less than a year after the implementation of the last reforms in Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (“LASPO”), the Government is proposing a series of changes which fail to consider the important […]

Stakeholder discussion paper on a Letter of Rights for Scotland

The Scottish Government as part of its current review of criminal procedure has identified that in Scottish police stations the information available for suspects is inadequate. The EU directive on the right to information comes into force next year and requires all member states of the EU to produce a letter of rights. We welcome […]

Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill

In general terms, we welcome the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill as a means of bringing forward reforms to the Scottish criminal justice system, particularly to amend changes brought about through the emergency legislation hastily enacted in response to the Cadder case, in which we intervened, that recognised the right of access to a lawyer during […]