Petition to hold judges to account Sunday Mail November 04 2012
Petition to hold judges to account
by Russell Findlay
Sunday Mail November 04 2012
A legal campaigner has urged MSPs to create a register of interests for Scotland’s judges.
Peter Cherbi has secured a Scottish Parliament petition calling for all sheriffs and judges to declare financial interests and hospitality.
The legal blogger from Edinburgh, said: “Like those in other areas of public life, members of the judiciary should be required to disclose their interests, financial or otherwise.
“This would increase transparency and help to ensure public confidence in their actions and decisions.
“It has been suggested to me some judges have offshore investments for the purpose of tax avoidance while others may have shares or other connections to buinesses.”
Cherbi was imspired by a similar proposed law which is being debated in New Zealand.
The closing date for the online petition is December 7.
Judges were issued with ethical guidelines which were drawn up by senior judges headed by Lord Osborne two years ago.
The Judicial Office for Scotland: “We do hold a register of hospitality for members of the judiciary and there are no plans to do so.”