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Justice Secretary reveals 2,237 complaints against ‘crooked lawyers’ were received by Scottish Legal Complaints Commission in first year

03 Dec

MacAskill tight lippedJustice Secretary Kenny MacAskill. KENNY MACASKILL, Scotland’s Justice Secretary has revealed the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission, the ‘independent’ body created by the Legal Profession & Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 2007 to regulate service complaints against Scottish lawyers, has received WELL OVER TWO THOUSAND complaints from clients against ‘crooked lawyers’, members of the same legal profession the Justice Secretary so famously claimed in the Scottish Parliament while making a statement on the Legal Services Bill, that his SNP controlled Government, “owed a great debt” for their ‘electoral success’ ….

Kenny MacAskill : Scottish Govt ‘owe a great debt’ to legal profession who sweep over 2000 complaints & criminal acts by its members each year under the carpet ..


Bill Aitken Question S3W-292223 Scottish Legal Complaints CommissionScottish Legal Complaints Commission

Bill Aitken (Glasgow) (Con): To ask the Scottish Executive how many complaints have been investigated by the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission since its inception.

(S3W-29223) Kenny MacAskill: For the first full year of business the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission’s complaint figures are as follows.

Complaints Dealt With Under the Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 2007 Transitional Order :

General enquiries (predominantly about legal complaints) : 2,481

Complaints received : 2,237

How The 2,237 Complaints Were Dealt With

Not eligible for investigation : 624

In process of being assessed to see if eligible for investigation : 134

Investigated or in process of being investigated by the SLCC : 49

Referred to the Law Society of Scotland for investigation as a conduct complaint under 2007 Act : 44

Referred to the Law Society of Scotland for investigation under Transitional Powers : 1,366

Referred to the Faculty of Advocates for investigation as a conduct complaint under 2007 Act : 2

Referred to the Faculty of Advocates for investigation under Transitional Powers : 18

Total : 2,237

Complaints Dealt With By The SLCC Under The Old Scottish Legal Services Ombudsman’s Powers :

Complaints received : 138

Complaints investigated or in process of being investigated : 155 (this differs from the number above as it includes complaints received pre 1.10.08)

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