Broken law

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THE Court Reform Bill (Scotland) has now been passed (your report, 8 October) and is being loudly lauded as the dawn of a new era of affordable access to justice.

The bill is the outcome of recommendations by Lord Gill, Lord President of the Court of Session, who described Scotland’s courts as “slow, inefficient and ­expensive”.

They are, but those failings were not the only, or the most significant barrier regarding affordable access to justice. Many of Scotland’s lawyers are “slow, inefficient and expensive” but nothing is being done about that.

When the bill is in full swing, the unique tricolour of Scotland’s legal fraternity will, I fear, continue to flutter on the roof of the Law Society and Faculty of Advocates, proudly depicting what is too often on offer: ineptitude, numptitude and attitude.

Thomas Crooks

Dundas Street