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Sheriff Courts (Witness Costs)

Volume 978: debated on Thursday 14 February 1980

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asked the Solicitor-General for Scotland how many witnesses have been called to sheriff courts in cases where the accused when represented by solicitor or counsel has pleaded guilty when appearing on the second diet; and what has been the total cost to the public purse and the average value of expenses paid to witnesses in the years 1978 and 1979.

This information is not readily available. I shall write to my hon. Friend later.