SCBA keeping on top of changes at Spring Conference

19 Apr


Some 70 advocates will be “staying ahead of the curve” when important changes to the criminal law are analysed at the Scottish Criminal Bar Association’s Spring Conference.

The event, in Stirling on Friday and Saturday this week, is to focus on vulnerable witnesses, including vulnerable accused, and the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2016.

The topics are particularly relevant at the moment for criminal practitioners in Scotland, and the SCBA has enlisted some expert speakers, including the Lord Advocate, James Wolffe, QC, and Lady Scott, as well as Parliamentary Counsel from the Scottish Government.

“Our advocates are at the forefront of learning, adapting and reacting to the changes to the criminal law in Scotland, and we all welcome this opportunity to discuss the current important topics,” said Claire Mitchell, SCBA President.

“The High Court of Justiciary Practice Note Number 1 of 2017 and the 2016 Act are two of the biggest changes facing criminal practitioners and, as ever, we are keen to stay ahead of the curve. I am looking forward to what I’m sure will be a very worthwhile event.”