VITAL LEGAL REFORMS APPROVED AS PARLIAMENT PASSES CIVIL JUSTICE BILL
Welcoming the Parliament’s final approval of the Civil Justice etc. (Scotland) Bill tonight, which implements recommendations from Lord Gill’s landmark review of Civil Justice in Scotland, SNP MSP Rod Campbell – a member of the Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee – said:
“These much-needed reforms will help protect the principles of Scotland’s justice system.
“In the face of huge Westminster cuts, Parliament has agreed to make savings to the Legal Aid bill – but crucially while maintaining access to justice.
“Indeed, it is only because Scotland already runs its own Justice system that we’ve been shielded from the steadily dismantling of the legal aid system south of the border.
“In England and Wales, substantial cuts to the Legal Aid budget itself are being accompanied by the removal of many types of cases from legal aid – including criminal negligence, debt, housing, family and welfare benefits.
“The balance struck in the legislation passed today will ensure that those who need access to justice receive it – a far cry from what is happening elsewhere in the UK.”