Police back abolishing of the absolute requirement for corroboration

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Police ranks have united behind proposals to abolish the absolute requirement for corroboration, during an evidence session before the Justice Committee on 3 December 2013.

The Criminal Justice Bill contains proposals to end the centuries-old requirement for corroboration in court cases.

Corroboration is the need for evidence in criminal trials to come from two sources.

MSPs were taking evidence from Assistant Chief Constable Malcolm Graham from Police Scotland; Chief Superintendent David O'Connor from the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents and David Ross, Vice Chairman, Scottish Police Federation.

Police Scotland deputy chief constable Malcolm Graham said that the top ranks support the abolition of corroboration.

"A larger number of victims would get access to justice, and that may mean more prosecutions. Almost 3,000 additional victims could be given access to justice."

The committee began with Finance Secretary John Swinney giving evidence on the Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisations (removal from Register and Dissolution) Amendment Regulations 2013 draft.

The second evidence session on the Criminal Justice Bill can be seen below:

Justice Committee 2

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