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Enhanced fiscal powers of diversion following summary justice reforms: legal aid campaign

2008 September 1
by Mary Munro

Update

“Lawyers fighting Legal Aid cuts claimed £8m” Sunday Herald

Following posted on 25.08.08

“Lawyers paid PR firm to attack reforms which cut legal aid income” Sunday Herald

Following posted on 20.08.08

“Fiscal says reforms will work better” Courier
“MacAskill defends secrecy of fine guidelines” Herald
“Fixed penalty guidelines “should stay private”” Law Society Journal Online

Following posted on 18.08.08

“MacAskill defends secret guidelines for criminal offences” Times
“Violent criminals avoid court after reforms” Times
“600 offenders avoid court over attacks” Evening News
“Fixed penalty fines defended by SNP’s MacAskill” Herald
“Minister defends ‘secret fines'” BBC

Following posted on 13.08.08

“Inside court: Lawyers’ job fears over legal aid shake-up” Scotsman

Following posted on 06.08.08

“Concern over headbutt attack fine” BBC

Following posted on 24.07.08

“8000 accept fiscal fines in Tayside” Courier

Following posted on 22.07.08

“Sheriff questions fiscal service” Courier
“Fiscal service ‘taking action only when necessary'” Courier

Following posted on 21.07.08

“Fall in criminal cases in city courts ‘quite drastic'” Courier
“Apology to lawyer victim as thugs walk free” Times
“Justice diverted” Law Society Journal Online

“Law chief attacks justice claims” BBC
“Figures reveal court reforms for speedier justice are falling short” Scotsman

Following posted on 23.06.08

“Anger as violent criminals get fiscal fine deals” Herald
“Summary justice” Herald
“Are we diverting justice?” Herald
“Violent criminals avoiding justice system” STV
“Further claims over summary justice reforms” Law Society Journal Online

Following posted on 10.06.08

“Guilty until proven innocent: that’s justice on the cheap” Herald. Article by Martin Morrow, Solicitor-Advocate.

Following posted on 09.06.08

“Scots justice ‘a victim to cost-cutting'” Times
“Diverting cases away from court may be cheap and convenient but it does not serve justice” Scotsman

Following posted on 12.05.08

“Prosecutor defends handling of cases” Courier

Press release

“Fiscal fines” Scot.Gov.

See also

(August 2008) Bill Butler (Glasgow Anniesland) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of cases was diverted from prosecution by procurators fiscal from May 2007 to March 2008. Bill Butler (Glasgow Anniesland) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of cases was diverted from prosecution by procurators fiscal from April 2008 to June 2008. Gavin Brown (Lothians) (Con): To ask the Scottish Executive how many direct measures have been issued by procurators fiscal for carrying a knife in each month since January 2007, broken down by sheriff court (and a series of similar questions).

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