The law of Scotland in the spotlight

The Scottish Parliament Building at Holyrood, Edinburgh

Evidence was taken by the parliamentary committee from the Solicitor General for Scotland yesterday. He explains the particular nature of the law in Scotland in relation to assisted suicide, both as the law stands at the moment, and the attitude in the event of a change in that law as proposed by the current bill. As such, his evidence is worthy of serious study.

The full video of his evidence yesterday at Holyrood can be watched by using the link below and clicking on
“End of Life Assistance (Scotland) Bill Committee  28/09/2010
The Committee took evidence on the Bill from Frank Mulholland QC, Solicitor General.”

http://www.scottishparliament.tv/library.asp?iPid=3&section=109&title=End+of+Life+Assistance+%28Scotland%29+Bill+Committee

The committee also took oral evidence from a number of minor groups, most of whom were “for ” or “against” any change to the law. There were some token protests outside the building and a small amount of ongoing news coverage.

Update 1st October – additional resource links:
End of Life Assistance (Scotland) Bill Briefing A comprehensive 60-page briefing paper
Prosecution Code Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service
Next Meeting of the Parliamentary Committee (5th October Agenda) This includes follow-up correspondence from the Solicitor General
R (on the application of Purdy) (Appellant) v Director of Public Prosecutions (Respondent) [2009] UKHL 45 House of Lords Judgement, including the Speech by Lord Hope in the case of Debbie Purdy referred to by the Solicitor General.

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