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The Solicitor General for Scotland, Frank Mulholland QC, wrote to the Committee in March 2009 outlining progress with the implementation of the summary justice reforms and suggesting a one-off evidence session on the reforms with himself and Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service officials. The Committee subsequently agreed to hear from both the Solicitor General and the Law Society of Scotland.

The Committee took evidence at its meeting on 26 January 2010.

The Committee also agreed to invite written evidence on the implementation of summary justice reforms from a selection of interested groups. To view written evidence received by the Committee please follow the links below:


Written submissions

Law Society of Scotland (32KB pdf)

Scottish Court Service (25KB pdf)

Scottish Government (30KB pdf)

Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (18KB pdf)

Victim Support Scotland (36KB pdf)

Scottish Justices Association (35KB pdf)

Faculty of Procurators Fiscal of Dumfriesshire (26KB pdf)

Association of Scottish Police Superintendents (27KB pdf)

Glasgow Bar Association (21KB pdf)

Society of Messengers-at-Arms and Sheriff Officers (14KB pdf)

Scottish Legal Aid Board (45KB pdf)

Supplementary written submissions

Scottish Government (17KB pdf)


From the Lord Advocate on Summary Justice Reform (173 KB pdf posted 12.09.2008)

From the Solicitor General on Summary Justice Reform (215 KB pdf posted 10.03.09)


Contact: For specific information on the evidence session, please contact Andrew Proudfoot, Assistant Clerk to the Committee, on 0131 348 5047 or email