Tuesday 9 August 2016

Crown Office Mental Health Issues

A new mental health initiative has been launched for members of the legal profession.

It shouldn't be a surprise to anyone.

Solicitors, procurator fiscals, Sheriffs, and all other members of the legal profession face exactly the same pressures and ailments as anyone else in any other industry or profession. Mental health issues are an increasingly recognised problem and need to be addressed across the board.

So I welcome this new initiative.

However I fear it'll be abused.

Just as untrustworthy Police Scotland officers are infamous for conveniently 'going off on the sick' with stress and anxiety after they've been caught-out being naughty boys and girls, you can bet your bottom dollar that the corrupt Crown office will also be jumping all over this same bandwagon too now.

You can almost write the script for this one.

Q. "Why did you deliberately hide evidence from the court Mr PF"?

A. "Oops, sorry, I didn't really mean to pervert the course of justice M'Lord - I just wasn't thinking straight - it's stress, it's anxiety, I've got mental health issues..."