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Delay to Criminal Justice Bill 28/04/2014 The Stage 2 deliberations into the Criminal Justice Bill are now set to take place after Lord Bonomy’s review group has reported in Spring 2015.

Delay to Criminal Justice Bill

The Scottish Parliamentary Stage 2 deliberations into the Criminal Justice Bill are now set to take place after Lord Bonomy’s review group on additional safeguards has reported on its recommendations in Spring 2015.

According to the Scottish Government, this will enable the Justice Committee to consider Lord Bonomy’s recommendations on what additional safeguards and changes may be needed to Scotland’s criminal justice system once the requirement for corroboration is abolished as part of the Bill.

Responding to a Parliamentary Question, Justice Secretary, Kenny MacAskill, advised Parliament that the Scottish Government remains fully committed to all aspects of the Bill, including abolishing the requirement for corroboration, but in a spirit of co-operation has accepted the proposal for a change to the timing of Stage 2.

The proposal means that the significant package of reforms already in the Bill can be further enhanced at Stage 2 in light of Lord Bonomy’s recommendations and considered together by Committee members in a more straight forward manner.

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