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S5W-09042: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 26 April 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what the timeline is for implementation of the proposals of the report by the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service, A new model for summary criminal court procedure.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 10 May 2017

However, further work is needed to evaluate and develop these proposals before decisions are taken about implementation. As part of that, SCTS has organised a programme of public consultation events in relation to the report. This is presently under way. SCTS will thereafter lead work, involving justice agencies and the legal profession, to evaluate the evidence on whether the propositions outlined in the paper are viable; assess the anticipated business, resourcing, financial and technological consequences; and consider what further analysis is necessary to help shape the way forward. Following this further development work SCTS will report back to the Justice Board with recommendations.

The Scottish Government welcomes the recent publication of the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) report “Evidence and Procedure Review: A New Model for Summary Criminal Procedure”, which outlines a model underpinned by a digital case management process. The SCTS report makes a case for change and puts forward ambitious and far-reaching proposals for a new, modernised summary criminal court procedure.