Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser

Backing fornew ‘victims law’ bill


A Lanarkshir­e politician is urging residents to support proposals for a new “victims’ law” which would answer grieving families’ calls to scrap the controvers­ial not proven verdict.

Central Scotland MSP Graham Simpson’s plea comes after party colleague Jamie Greene launched a member’s bill consultati­on to overhaul Scotland’s justice system and put victims of crime at the heart of it.

Mr Simpson said: “I applaud my colleague Jamie Greene for bringing forward these proposals.

“This bill could make a huge difference for the lives of victims and families in Lanarkshir­e.

“The consultati­on can be the starting point for overhaulin­g Scotland’s justice system and fixing many flaws that have caused a great deal of pain to victims of crime in Lanarkshir­e.

“The ‘victims’ law’ has many sensible proposals, guaranteei­ng victims will always be put first in our justice system.”

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