Poor Response From Justice Minister(August 18, 2008)
Dear Mr Hunt
Please find attached a response to your e-mail and phone enquiries. In the event that you are unable to open the attachment I have copied the text below.
Our ref: 2008/0029482OR
18 August 2008
Dear Mr Hunt
Thank you for e-mail of 25 July and your subsequent e-mails of 29 and 30 July and 1,11 and 13 August to the Cabinet Secretary for Justice Kenny MacAskill MSP about your experiences with the judicial system in Inverness. I have been asked to reply on the Cabinet Secretary’s behalf. I am aware that you also phoned this office on 14 August and this is also in response to that call.
The Scottish Government cannot comment or become involved in individual cases. The courts are completely separate from and independent of the Scottish Government, we therefore cannot change or become involved in decisions made by the courts and therefore cannot reverse any decision made by them.
If you have concerns about cases you are currently involved in or the sequestration proceedings against you, you should discuss these with a solicitor (who may charge for their services) or the Citizens Advice Bureau.
If you have any enquiries relating to bankruptcy you should contact the Accountant in Bankruptcy, 1 Pennyburn Road, Kilwinning, KA13 6SA. Further details are contained on their website http://www.aib.gov.uk/Home
Regarding your complaints about the case against you which has been referred to the High Court by the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission, I understand that your appeal against your conviction is due to call in court on 28 August 2008. As the matter is pending before the court, it would be inappropriate for me to comment further at this time.
In relation to your complaint about the investigations carried out by Northern Constabulary. I understand that these investigations were carried out by the Professional Standards Department of that force and related to your complaints against police officers. I understand that the Deputy Crown Agent, John Dunn, has written to you previously explaining that the remit of the Professional Standards Department extends to the actions of police officers and does not extend to the investigation of the professional conduct of anyone other than police officers.
I understand that your complaints against the Procurator Fiscal at Inverness have been considered by officials at Crown Office in terms of their customer complaints procedure and that they have found no evidence to suggest the Procurator Fiscal has acted improperly in any way.
You mentioned in your e-mail of 1 August that you are already aware of the procedure for making complaints against the police so I will not repeat that process here. If you have any concerns about the professional conduct of a solicitor you should contact the Law Society of Scotland, 26 Drumsheugh Gardens, Edinburgh, EH3 7YR. If you have a complaint about an individual Judge or Sheriff, your concerns can be sent to: Head of Judicial Appointments and Finance Division, Scottish Government Justice Department, Hayweight House, 23 Lauriston Street, EDINBURGH EH3 9DQ.
I hope that this information is helpful.