SALMOND INQUIRY: Further publication of judicial review advice

By Democrat reporter

Additional legal advice documents relating to the judicial review brought by Alex Salmond have been published by the Scottish Government.

The publication of these documents follows the decision to release key legal advice in the handling of the judicial review to disprove allegations made about the Scottish Government’s handling.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney, pictured right,  said:  “The Scottish Government decided it was necessary to take the exceptional step of releasing key legal advice to ensure the public could have confidence that legal advice was not ignored or the process deliberately delayed.

“The documents released today should enhance that public confidence.

“In particular it is clear that delaying the case – known as sisting – was only considered as an option in order to minimise the impact of the case on the ongoing police investigation. This option was explicitly ruled out by the Lord Advocate who made clear that it was ‘preferable and appropriate’ that court-imposed reporting restrictions protect the integrity of any future prosecution.

“This puts beyond any doubt that there was any attempt to delay the judicial review so that it would be overtaken by criminal proceedings.

“I have instructed officials to consider whether further documents should be released, subject to essential statutory checks and notifications, and to do so as a matter of urgency.”

The documents are available at: Judicial review advice published by Ministers – (

The documents the Scottish Government is making available to the Inquiry cover the key advice from external Counsel that informed decisions at critical points in the progress of the judicial review, in particular around the prospects of success.

The latest release follows the completion of notifications that the Scottish Government was required to make in terms of the General Data Protection Regulation.

One comment

  1. Unless there is a change, vote em out.

    It’s as simple as that. What is masquerading as the current SNP is an altogether different animal from what it was.

    But voters have choices and there are alternatives, and these alternatives will become clearer as we approach the close out for candidates registering to stand in the elections.

    And so there will be a choice in each and every constituency. Similarly, voters will have the choice to vote for a list party, who unlike the undemocratic SNP, are supporters of independence.

    And, last comment if I may, and this is directed at SNP members – but what do they think of their party that has just announced list rankings for candidates, but will NOT disclose to either members, or candidates, how many votes were cast and the number of votes each candidate polled.

    That ladies and gentlemen should tell you why you CANNOT vote for the SNP in its current form. Democracy is a fragile flower that once strangled will become very difficult to replace.

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