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Petition by William Burns  
 
Closed Petitions - Petition PE1388  
Petition by William Burns on behalf of Crusade For The Protection Of True Democracy calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to repeal the Solicitors (Scotland) Act 1980, end self-regulation, and remove the independence of the legal profession, bringing it onside with true democracy.  
Petitioner: William Burns  
On behalf of: Crusade for the Protection of True Democracy 
Number of signatures: 161  
Date lodged: 14 January 2011  
SPICe Briefing: Briefing for PE1388 
Summary:

Written Submissions for PE1388  

Written Questions for PE1388  

25 January 2011 :   The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government, Law Society of Scotland, Consumer Focus Scotland and Citizens Advice Scotland seeking responses to points raised in the petition and during the discussion. Link to Official Report 25 January 2011" 

22 February 2011 :   The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government seeking a response to specific points. Link to Official Report 22 February 2011" 

8 March 2011 :   The Committee agreed to close the petition under Rule 15.7 of Standing Orders on the grounds that the Scottish Government has no plans to repeal the Solicitors (Scotland) Act 1980 as called for in the petition and has set out its reasons why in its response to the Committee and that it has responded to the question raised about the resignation of John McGovern. Further, the repeal of the Act is not supported by the Law Society of Scotland which has set out its reasons why in its response to the Committee and, while its support of self regulation by the legal profession is qualified, Consumer Focus has stated that self-regulation does bring certain benefits to consumers. Link to Official Report 8 March 2011" 

 
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