Jim Hume, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for South Scotland, has today said that the Scottish Government made a mistake closing Haddington Sheriff Court and has warned that Audit Scotland’s report released this week demonstrates the growing pressure on services in coping with additional cases.
The MSP underlined the specific case of Haddington Sheriff Court and cited the SNP’s disastrous policy on court reforms.
Mr Hume said:
“Even before Haddington court was finally closed, experts were warning that the additional burden of cases being heard at Edinburgh would slow up the time taken to complete cases.
“Indeed, when you look at Edinburgh sheriff court figures it’s clear that cases are not being completed within the 26 week timeframe.
“The SNP’s cavalier approach to reforming our courts has been nothing short of disastrous and does nothing for access to the justice system across our communities.”