The MacAskill Plan to Save Scots Law Gangs Agley

Last year, according to Kenny MacAskill, Scottish Justice Secretary, the Cadder ruling by a “foreign” court put the future of Scots law at risk.

As part of the defence mechanism Lord Carloway was asked to chair a review into Scots criminal law post-Cadder.

The most distinctive feature of Scots criminal law the world over is the need for corroboration before a criminal conviction.

Lord Carloway’s 414 page report has concluded that the need for corroboration is “archaic” and has recommended its abolition.

So the unique distinguishing mark of Scots law is to go?

Perhaps there will be a hunt to see if His Lordship can be classed as “foreign”?

The report covers much more, which I will consider later, but this point seemed note worthy!

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