Scotland’s judges have been accused of seeking to keep their financial interests secret behind the “red herring” of a supposed threat from gangsters.
Moi Ali, a former Scottish judicial watchdog, said that there was “real bias” in the Scottish justice system which should be regulated.
Judges in all UK jurisdictions have a duty to declare any relevant interest in cases before them but they are not required to register any in advance.
Norwegian judges must complete a register of interests “to ensure no one is any doubt about the impartiality of a judge in a case”. It lists honorary posts, investments, memberships of political parties, companies, religious communities and charities among others.
Scottish judges have come under pressure from politicians to introduce a similar system…