Date lodged: 20 December 2016
To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the review by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland, what it can do to ensure that all core participants in the Pitchford inquiry have full access to justice, irrespective of where they live now or have lived at the time of undercover police operations against them.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 17 January 2017
As stated in my previous answer to S4W-29540 on 10 February 2016, the options available to any individual will depend on the facts and circumstances of their case. Depending on the particular circumstances, individuals may seek redress via the Investigatory Powers Tribunal, which has jurisdiction to consider certain proceedings for actions which concern the use of investigatory powers, and additionally may seek redress through the courts, subject to the rules which determine the jurisdiction of the courts.
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