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Meeting of the Parliament 02 April 2014 : Wednesday, April 02, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Margaret Mitchell (Central Scotland) (Con) At the outset, I confirm that I very much support the ability of police officers to stop and search suspects. It is an important power in the fight against crime and a useful tool in tackling knife, alcohol and drug offences.

The good news is that, according to police statistics, 100,000 ...
Meeting of the Parliament 02 April 2014 : Wednesday, April 02, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Margaret Mitchell We are against disproportionate stop and search. The huge numbers that are there to deter do not reduce crime.

Meeting of the Parliament 02 April 2014 : Wednesday, April 02, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Margaret Mitchell Will the member give way?

Justice Committee 01 April 2014 : Tuesday, April 01, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Margaret Mitchell The personal injury court is set to be situated in Edinburgh. There are concerns about the capacity to deal with the volume of work that is going through in Edinburgh as it is. Given that Haddington sheriff court is due to close, do you have concerns about how the personal injury court will work? Is...
Justice Committee 01 April 2014 : Tuesday, April 01, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Margaret Mitchell You do not have concerns about access to justice and about court fees being prohibitive, but have you considered the scenario in which court fees do not cover all the costs? What alternatives will be put in place to make sure that the cost of the reforms can be covered?

Justice Committee 01 April 2014 : Tuesday, April 01, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Margaret Mitchell Is there a gap in how people can be represented? That is very much a live issue, given the huge numbers of people in various communities Scotland-wide who are objecting to incinerators and biomass developments.

Justice Committee 01 April 2014 : Tuesday, April 01, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Margaret Mitchell Sheriff Principal Stephen raised the issue of a pre-action protocol. Will you comment on the evidence from the previous panel that the three-month time limit for applications for judicial review would lead to a rush to get to court, which would mean that the pre-action protocol would not be used?
Justice Committee 01 April 2014 : Tuesday, April 01, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Margaret Mitchell I want to ask you about the threshold. The sheriffs were definitely of the opinion that not all the cases should move in one go if the £150,000 threshold is maintained, but that the transfer should be staggered. Do you have a view on that?

Justice Committee 01 April 2014 : Tuesday, April 01, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Margaret Mitchell (Central Scotland) (Con) Good morning, gentlemen.

Could you comment on the leave of court proposals and the two tests of sufficient interest and real prospect of success that are apparently being introduced to filter out unmeritorious cases, although there does not seem to be much evidence that there is a problem...
Justice Committee 01 April 2014 : Tuesday, April 01, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Margaret Mitchell I appreciate that you are here today as a member of the Civil Justice Council rather than as a member of the Gill review board.

May I ask a final—

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