Just the minutes

The Law Society of Scotland, or specifically its council, is supposed to be the democratically-elected professional body for Scottish solicitors.

The society and its council have been given authority to appoint committees to report on matters of interest to members of the profession.

However, committees such as the Access to Justice Committee and the Civil Justice Committee are supposed to publish online minutes so that the broad membership of the profession can learn what the committees are doing.

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These committees are not making minutes available. I have been assured by both the current president of the society and by its communications director over a period of many weeks, months even, that such minutes will be produced. No minutes have been produced yet.

What are these committees doing with their time? We in the profession would like to know.


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