The SNP's chaotic and soft-touch approach to justice has been failing victims for years, however concerns have been expressed from many within the legal profession that the lack of incoming crime layers could threaten the long term sustainability of the court system.
Things have got so bad that last week several bar associations took strike action over the legal aid system and the future of the legal profession. I have been raising this issue for several months and was told by an SNP Minister in October that the sharp decline in young lawyers willing to do criminal defence work was a result of a fall in recorded crime over the last several years.
In reality, however, the opposite is true with the government's own statistics showing that recorded crime in Scotland is at a five year high. I asked the First Minister whether the actual reason for the decline in criminal defence lawyers was the result of a lack of support from the SNP. You can view this exchange here.