Freedom of Information: a case study

By Kezia Dugdale MSP This is a blog about the Freedom of Information Act, a grieving family, and our frustrating fight to get answers from Scotland’s public authorities. Last December, I was approached by Kevin Woodburn, whose son Shaun was tragically killed in...

Don’t compel rape victims to give evidence

Kezia Dugdale has urged the First Minister to intervene after new procedures were unveiled which could ‘compel’ rape survivors to give evidence. The move by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service has been labelled a ‘step backwards’ by Rape Crisis Scotland,...

Review of post-mortems

Kezia Dugdale has welcomed moves to review Scotland’s post-mortem system. In response to a question from Ms Dugdale, Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC said legal chiefs will examine ways to reduce both the number of required examinations and delays in the return of...

Improving the transparency of court procedures

Today, Kez raised the tragic case of Shaun Woodburn with ministers in the Scottish Parliament. Shaun was killed on New Year’s Day 2017, and his family visited the parliament to discuss their campaign to improve the transparency of court proceedings.   Shaun’s...