Beurskens v HM Advocate

Criminal evidence and procedure – Delay – Admissibility of hearsay evidence – Right to fair trial. High Court of Justiciary: Refusing an appeal against a sheriff's ruling by an appellant who was indicted for trial on a charge of embezzlement, the court held that no prejudice had been shown to have occurred as a result of any delay in the prosecution and that the sheriff could not be faulted for allowing applications by the Crown to admit hearsay evidence and for rejecting a contention that, were the hearsay to be admitted the appellant's right to a fair trial would be breached.

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