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Former Aberdeen sheriff hits out at trial system

A former Aberdeen sheriff has criticised the Crown Office for what he claims is a disruptive backlog in the trial system.

Douglas Cusine said some cases were coming to court up to three years after the alleged crime.

He said criminals could be walking free as a result, and also claimed some cases were being presented when there was not enough evidence.

The Crown Office said Scotland had among the shortest trial time scales.

Claims that cases could be brought to court without a realistic prospect of a conviction were also denied.

In July, experienced city lawyer Mike Monro warned that victims were being failed by the system as a result of cutbacks in the number of staff.

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