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PE01712: Soul and conscience letters


Petitioner: Laura Hunter


Date Lodged: 26 October 2018

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to review the use of soul and conscience letters in criminal proceedings and to produce guidance for the courts and GP practices on the use of these letters, including alternatives to court appearances if an accused person is deemed unfit to attend in person.

Petition History:


6 December 2018: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government, the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service, the British Medical Association (Scotland) and the Law Society of Scotland. Link to the Official Report 6 December 2018 

6 June 2019: The Committee agreed to write to the British Medical Association Scotland. It also agreed to write to the petitioner to seek their views in relation to the written submissions received to date. Link to Official Report of Meeting 6 June 2019 

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