Friday, March 7, 2008

Scottish Parliament

Yesterday I visited the Scottish Parliament and popped into the First Ministers Question Time. In response to Margaret Curran, Alex Salmond indicated that the pilot of the Glasgow domestic abuse court is being considered for other parts of Scotland. The Glasgow court has dedicated procurators fiscal and sheriffs in place to bring domestic violence cases to court with the minimum delay and with additional support for victims. Conviction rates have increased markedly in cases brought before the court.

Mr Salmond said: "The first thing is, of course, to continue the work of that court and extend it throughout the city of Glasgow. Not every court in Scotland is suitable, as Glasgow most certainly is, for that work, but it is certainly being considered for application elsewhere."

Meanwhile, squabbles between the Scottish Government and Westminister continue, this time about ID cards. Living abroad I grew up with ID cards and they are no big deal.


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