Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill. KENNY MACASKILL, Scotland’s Justice Secretary has revealed the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission, the ‘independent’ body created by the Legal Profession & Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 2007 to regulate service complaints against Scottish lawyers, has received WELL OVER TWO THOUSAND complaints from clients against ‘crooked lawyers’, members of the same legal profession the Justice Secretary so famously claimed in the Scottish Parliament while making a statement on the Legal Services Bill, that his SNP controlled Government, “owed a great debt” for their ‘electoral success’ ….
Kenny MacAskill : Scottish Govt ‘owe a great debt’ to legal profession who sweep over 2000 complaints & criminal acts by its members each year under the carpet …
Bill Aitken (Glasgow) (Con): To ask the Scottish Executive how many complaints have been investigated by the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission since its inception.
(S3W-29223) Kenny MacAskill: For the first full year of business the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission’s complaint figures are as follows.
Complaints Dealt With Under the Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 2007 Transitional Order :
General enquiries (predominantly about legal complaints) : 2,481
Complaints received : 2,237
How The 2,237 Complaints Were Dealt With
Not eligible for investigation : 624
In process of being assessed to see if eligible for investigation : 134
Investigated or in process of being investigated by the SLCC : 49
Referred to the Law Society of Scotland for investigation as a conduct complaint under 2007 Act : 44
Referred to the Law Society of Scotland for investigation under Transitional Powers : 1,366
Referred to the Faculty of Advocates for investigation as a conduct complaint under 2007 Act : 2
Referred to the Faculty of Advocates for investigation under Transitional Powers : 18
Total : 2,237
Complaints Dealt With By The SLCC Under The Old Scottish Legal Services Ombudsman’s Powers :
Complaints received : 138
Complaints investigated or in process of being investigated : 155 (this differs from the number above as it includes complaints received pre 1.10.08)