Ironically, the Scottish judiciary is arguably part of those “reactionary and excessively defensive forces” regarding the administration of justice. The Peter Cadder case supports that contention. A petty criminal, Cadder claimed that, subsequent to his arrest, his human rights had been breached by the failure to provide timeous access to a lawyer.
Contrary to international law and the obligations thereby imposed on Scots law, a full team of Scotland’s judges rejected Cadder’s appeal.
Thankfully, the Supreme Court deployed the art of tenable reasoning, upheld Cadder’s appeal and thereby rescued us from the dire consequences of the wisdom of the Scottish judiciary: detention by the state without timeous access to a lawyer.
Encouraging Scotland’s judiciary to appreciate how international law can enhance the quality of Scotland’s legal system is arguably as, if not more, important than the implications that inhere in the abolition of corroboration.