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Beltrami & Co Response to Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill 2020

Beltrami & Co has represented individuals in Scotland’s criminal justice system for 62 years.

We consider that the Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill 2020, insofar as it relates to the administration of criminal justice in Scotland, represents the greatest attack upon the rights of an accused person during our time in practice. The original proposals were scandalous and the amendments since do nothing to remedy this.

The proposal to remove trial by jury was subsequently withdrawn, but it will be revisited. This is appalling.

Moreover, we are equally concerned by those amendments relating to the extension of time limits, and the extension of the exception to the rule that hearsay evidence is inadmissible. Many within the legal profession have expressed their dismay at what appears to be an opportunistic departure from the normal Parliamentary timetable, and well-established legal rules.

This may be a time of emergency but many of the proposed amendments are not necessitated by that emergency.

Read our response in full here
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