Scots courts set for first PR boss

The Scottish judiciary is aiming to improve its image by employing its first communications chief.

The Scottish Court Service’s public information officer will be tasked with devising a strategy to raise the profile of the judiciary, to manage events and to improve links with the media.

The move, intended to boost public confidence in sentencing, is believed to have come in response to a number of high-profile cases in which sentencing has come under public criticism.

In September 2003, head of the judiciary Lord Reed was widely criticised as too lenient when he sentenced a paedophile who raped a baby to five years in prison.

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