A Bute resident has written to Scotland’s first minister to urge the government not to pass a Bill which would mean a change to the way in which personal injury cases are dealt with.
Mrs Catherine Adam wrote the letter to First Minister Alex Salmond, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Kenny Macaskill MSP, after learning that a Bill has been published by the Scottish Government seeking to ‘radically reform the way that personal injury cases are dealt with in Scottish Courts’.
Mrs Adam states in her letter - which is printed in the letters section of tomorrow’s Buteman: “The proposal by the Scottish Government that all cases with a value of less than £150,000 be excluded from the Court of Session and dealt with by the Sheriff Courts and/or a new layer of District Court will affect 95 percent of asbestos related disease claims.
“Cases dealt with in the Sheriff Court system will not automatically be entitled to have the services of Advocates and Solicitor Advocates as they do in the Court of Session.
“Special permission will have to be sought from the Judge to have the fees of the Advocates paid for, there will be no guarantee that this will be granted.”
The personal reason for Mrs Adam’s interest in this matter stems from caring for her brother, Mr Robert Lawson, who died from as asbestos-related illness, contracted after working in a hospital contaminated with the deadly substance.
* Read the full letter in this week’s Buteman - on sale from Thursday, April 10.