I am sure that many people were not the least surprised to read in recent reports that a hard core of ten younsters were charged by police with 307 crimes in Scotland over a period of two years.
One youth in central Scotland was accused of 47 separate crimes.
A senior judge told me recently that Legal Aid lawyers refer to these louts as their best clients.
Is it not about time we adopted the system used south of the Border whereby when an accused is found guilty, or pleads guilty at a court of law he or she is liable for “court expenses”?
This would be a win-win for the Scottish Government and could also stop the “Legal Aid gravy train” costing us more than £55 million annually.
This money could be put to better use.
Donald J Morrison
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