I’ve covered criminal justice, social affairs and human rights for more than a decade. In 2010, I won Scottish Journalist and Scottish Reporter of the Year for my coverage of the Lockerbie case. I’ve also won two Amnesty International Nations and Regions Media awards and, in 2009 and 2011, won the Lorenzo Natali 1st prize in Europe for human rights journalism.
Prosecutors are not preparing thoroughly for summary cases – those heard before a sheriff or justice of the peace – by failing to view CCTV evidence and read witness statements due to time constraints, according to the report by the Inspectorate of Prosecution.
It also highlights lost evidence, the citing of unnecessary witnesses and failures in making the correct requests for productions – the pieces of evidence put before the court.