In the Media

Discipline crackdown on lawyers

PUBLISHED May 12, 2005

Ministers yesterday moved to strip the right of Scotland's 10,000 practising lawyers to police themselves, acknowledging that piecemeal reforms to a much-criticised system of self-regulation have failed to win public confidence.

In a consultation paper, Cathy Jamieson, justice minister, proposed changes which would remove ultimate control over the resolution of complaints about lawyers from the governing bodies, the Law Society of Scotland and the Faculty of Advocates.