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Judges using gang threat diversion to avoid scrutiny - Scotland

Moi Ali, a former Scottish judicial watchdog, said the judicial system was “open to nepotism and bias”
Moi Ali, a former Scottish judicial watchdog, said the judicial system was “open to nepotism and bias”ANDREW COWAN/PA

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…

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