Tuesday 10 May 2016

Does the Scottish system of justice deserve a world reputation ?

Have a look at PE01458: Register of Interests for members of Scotland`s judiciary

Date Lodged: 08 December 2012 by Peter Cherbi
"Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to create a Register of Pecuniary Interests of Judges Bill (as is currently being considered in New Zealand's Parliament) or amend present legislation to require all members of the Judiciary in Scotland to submit their interests & hospitality received to a publicly available Register of Interests."
 Lord Gill finally appears in front of the committee after retiring as Lord president.

We often hear from Named Person apologists that the legislation has already appeared in front of four Scottish judges and they found absolutely nothing wrong with it.

But with the shenanigans going on here, dodging and skirting around the modern view that there should be openness and transparency, can we have confidence in their judgement? I think not.

As for the petitioner`s last blog post:
"Among the massed ranks of gangsters, corrupt public officials, legal aid thieving lawyers, the occasional declare-dodging judge waddling along with gemstones, krugerrands, loads-a-property and offshore trusts jingling in their back pockets, there are a platoon of prosecutors who are tasked with keeping the lid on all of it."
He is talking about the Lord Advocate of Scotland. The latest, Frank Mulholland, is about to step down. There had been allegations by journalists that there was a deliberate policy of delay being orchestrated in relation to Freedom of Information requests. 
"Rosemary Agnew is the Scottish Information Commissioner. She was appointed on 1 May 2012 for a fixed term of six years. Rosemary was previously the Chief Executive of the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission and Assistant Ombudsman at the Local Government Ombudsman in the UK, so has considerable experience of regulatory roles and complaint handling."
Complaint handling has a terrible reputation.
The thing is, Scotland has a small population and an even smaller elite; so they practically know each other and bounce from one body to another, spreading what they know. It only takes a few rotten apples and the whole political structure is infested.

With regard to child protection, it has already been mentioned that the NSPCC has pointed to the worrying lack of transparency around the work of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal.
I think it would be naïve to trust ANY of them?


  1. "Rosemary Agnew, who head[ed] the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission, [was] one of six people interviewed to be the next Information Commissioner..." [after Kevin Dunion stepped down.]

    "Legal Reform campaigner Peter Cherbi, who had several requests knocked back by the SLCC, cast doubt over her suitability. He said : `How someone like that could be put in charge of openness is beyond me, unless they want to shut down openness and accountability`."