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Radical changes may be made to Scotland's criminal justice system

Following on from the Cadder V HMA decision, for which see our Cadder blog post from earlier this year, a further full review and potential changes are to be considered for Scots criminal law. This may lead to the revocation of certain current rights of suspected criminals which have stood for hundreds of years.

The review is being led by Lord Carloway. Hoping to trigger an "open discussion" of the relevant issues, a consultation has been released with the aim of exploring certain criminal law issues such as corroboration and whether they should remain part of criminal law in Scotland.

The consultation paper is seeking views on issues such as whether the requirement for corroboration - unique to Scots law - should remain. Lord Carloway stated that "The aim of the consultation is to stimulate open discussion of the issues raised, rather than to present draft recommendations for response.

"I am determined that my recommendations will be practical as well as compliant with the requirements of the European Convention on Human Rights and the needs of justice more generally.

"What is needed are clear, effective, efficient and practical rules and procedures which all can understand and follow."

The outcome of the consultation could mean serious changes to the practice of criminal law in Scotland, so watch this space and get in touch if you have any specific queries regarding the proposed changes.

The consultation is located at with a deadline for responses of 3 June 2011.

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