Convict costs hit £1.1m

NEARLY £1.1 million has been spent by courts in Edinburgh ordering psychiatric assessments of newly-convicted offenders in the last three years.

A total of £897,156 was spent by judges at the High Court in Edinburgh ordering the assessments by medical experts after an accused had been convicted between April 2008 and March last year.

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Another £182,495 was spent on psychiatric assessments at Edinburgh Sheriff Court during the same period.