In June 2013, the Scottish Government introduced the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill with provisons on a range of criminal justice issues. The Justice Committee was designated as lead committee for parliamentary consideration of the Bill. Its stage 1 report was published in February 2014, with the stage 1 debate taking place later the same month. The general principles of the Bill were agreed to following the debate.
Consideration of all stage 2 amendments was postponed in light of concerns about provisions in the Bill to abolish the general requirement for corroboration in criminal cases. During this postponement, an independent review was conducted into what additional measures might be needed in light of the planned abolition of the corroboration requirement.
The Justice Committee returned to its scrutiny of the Bill with consideration of stage 2 amendments in September and October 2015. Stage 3 proceedings on the Bill are scheduled to take place on 8 December 2015.
This briefing considers:
• key recommendations made by the Justice Committee in its stage 1 report
• the Scottish Government’s response to those recommendations
• the independent review established in light of the corroboration proposal
• key stage 2 amendments
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Published: 2 December 2015