I know next to nothing about the law on a professional basis. My own dealings with legal people have ensured the legal profession made far more out of them than me.
The Cadder case did attract my attention though and I've followed it through the legal eagle blogger Peat Worrier. The verdict on this case was given today.
Kenny MacAskill announced in the Scottish Parliament today that he will propose changes to the Scottish legal system tomorrow and is expected to carry the Parliament with him. The new rules, it is understood, will increase the length of time a suspect can be held without charge from the current six hours to twelve. That time can be doubled if a senior officer deems it appropriate.
For those of you outside England who aren't too aware of the Scottish legal system, for decades we have had many safety nets available to protect anyone under suspicion of committing a crime. In the case of Cadder, I understand an offer was made to him to contact a solicitor yet he refused. Then he made particular confessions without a solicitor present. His appeal was on the grounds that his human rights were abused but do read Peat Worrier and other sites by googling 'Cadder'.
There's a morsel of relief from the decision today. Past cases will be excluded from appeal and only those pending will have to adhere to the decision.
Will this make our legal system fairer? I don't think so but I certainly think it will make lawyers richer including those who offer legal aid. Earlier tonight I think it was the HR lawyer Paul McBride I heard on radio saying: "It's a disgrace that a court in England can overturn law made by Scottish judges but that's the way it is in the Scottish devolution settlement." Forgive me if I have the wrong lawyer but I had just jumped in the car. The words are certainly those of a prominent Scottish lawyer.
Time we took Independence rather than asking for it because now it's more than obvious our laws, (which protect us), count for nothing and a court in another country can over-rule our justices. Of course if people still want to be part of the EU then it will ever be thus.