SCBA ‘extremely hopeful’ after jury talks

15 Apr


THE Scottish Criminal Bar Association (SCBA) has expressed optimism after a roundtable discussion about jury trials during the COVID-19 emergency.

The Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Humza Yousaf, hosted the video conference in which the SCBA and other interested parties were represented.

Ronnie Renucci, QC, SCBA President, said: “The meeting was extremely inclusive and constructive, and it is clear that all parties are working hard to find a temporary solution that will allow solemn trials to recommence when the situation permits.

“Following the meeting, the SCBA is extremely hopeful that a workable solution will be found to enable this to happen. We look forward to further discussions with the Cabinet Secretary in the near future in order to achieve this."

The SCBA's response to a discussion paper issued before the talks is here