Author: Maggie Mellon

Justice Watch: Edinburgh Week 5

In her fourth post reporting on the Women for Independence #JusticeWatch initiative, Maggie Mellon queries waste, fines and poverty and something odd about domestic abuse cases. Blunders, mix ups and waste of time and money After two previous court visits

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Justice Watch: Edinburgh Day 3

In this third part of her #JusticeWatch blog Maggie Mellon finds court more and more interesting – and depressing. Where are the social workers? This week I did not get to visit the court until the Friday after Easter weekend.

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Justice Watch: Launch Day Edinburgh Part 2

In this second part of her #JusticeWatch blog Maggie Mellon reflects on women accused of domestic abuse. There were three women listed as having been in police custody over the weekend or part of it, and friendly court staff told

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Justice Watch: Launch Day Edinburgh Part 1

Maggie Mellon on Day 1 of Justice Watch. Like a good few other women I spent yesterday watching justice in Scotland’s courts. The day started for me with a trip to BBC Scotland’s Edinburgh studio at 7.30 for a quick

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Open letter to Michael Matheson on the future of justice for women in Scotland

This letter has been sent on behalf of Women for Independence by Maggie Mellon. Michael Matheson Cabinet Secretary for Justice The Scottish Government 20 March 2015 Dear Michael Matheson, The future of justice for women in Scotland As you know,

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HMP Inverclyde women’s prison: invest in community projects to prevent offending

Maggie Mellon sums up the argument against the Scottish Prison Service’s proposal for substantial capital investment in a new women’s prison at HMP Inverclyde to replace HMP Cornton Vale. This is a version of a letter recently sent to the

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