We were surprised to arrive at work this Monday morning to be informed by our Court Department that there are in fact no courts in Scotland today. As it is neither Christmas nor Easter nor, as far as we are aware has there been any recent putsch, we are struggling to work out what has happened. Has the somewhat critical analysis published by Lord Gill’s review led to some sort of national huff? We have been told that this is a national holiday but it certainly does not feel like one and we presume that that is an ill founded rumour
At present, we are trying to find out whether there is any basic court service, for example, to preserve the fundamental rights of persons who have been taken into custody to be brought before a court with least possible delay. If there is no such basic service in place, then, of course, persons are at risk of having been taken into police custody anytime after 6pm last Thursday, without sight of a court until Tuesday, at the earliest, assuming that the courts shall be reconvened tomorrow. These persons are entitled to access today to the courts and to ask for their liberty. Presumably the legal profession, if nobody else, shall take some interest in this issue. If anyone has any information to add to this enquiry then it is urgently requested.