Under consideration PE1983: Improve the transparency and accountability of Scottish legal courts

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to improve the transparency and accountability of the Scottish legal system by ensuring:

  • clear information is provided to members of public about how their case will be considered; and

  • information is made available to members of the public about the processes for making a complaint about court staff.

Previous action taken

I have written to the First Minister and to the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Keith Brown MSP.

I have also made a number of complaints directly to the Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service (SCTS).

Background information

There are two sections to the courts: the appointed Judges, and court staff (civil servants), and in my experience, court staff appear to have the authority to provide a case to a specific Judge at a time of their own choosing.

Without transparency in the processing of court applications, I believe court staff are being allowed to bypass accountability. In my view, this has created a super body of public executives, with any communication by an MSP to any public service institution being reluctantly ignored or replied to at the convenience of the public servant.

  • Created by Daniel Osula
  • Considered from 21 November 2022

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