Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Bill passed
In the final debate on the bill, Justice Secretary, Kenny MacAskill, summarised the import of the bill as follows,
“The Government is clear about the need for a strong, independent judiciary. The bill enshrines that independence in statute. It will give the Lord President additional responsibilities for the courts in Scotland and for the judiciary, together with a complementary leadership role in the strategic management of the administrative service on which he and his colleagues will rely. It will place the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland on a statutory footing, which is important, and it will introduce a framework for a structured judicial complaints system.” (col 11271)
We will say a little more about the substantive content of the bill when it receives royal assent.