Wrongly convicted sub-postmasters to be exonerated after Horizon scandal

It comes after the Post Office (Horizon System) Offences (Scotland) Act received Royal Assent on Thursday.

Sub-postmasters in Scotland who were wrongly convicted as a result of the Post Office Horizon scandal will be automatically exonerated on Friday.

It comes after the Post Office (Horizon System) Offences (Scotland) Act received Royal Assent.

The legislation was passed in the Scottish Parliament on May 30 this year to deliver justice to victims as swiftly as possible and enable them to access the UK Government financial redress scheme.

Working with the Crown Office, the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission and the Post Office, the Scottish Government will notify those affected and ensure police and court records are amended. 

There is also a route for victims to bring their cases to the attention of Ministers.

Justice secretary Angela Constance has written an open letter to sub-postmasters setting out next steps.

She said: “This legislation automatically exonerates sub-postmasters who were convicted of crimes of dishonesty that they did not commit due to the Post Office’s faulty Horizon IT system, meaning they are eligible to access the redress scheme.

“Of course, no amount of compensation can fully mend the lives that were torn apart by this miscarriage of justice. I do hope, however, that this legislation goes some way to righting the terrible wrongs of the past.

“I will be writing to those affected to tell them their convictions have been quashed and ensuring court records are changed, so the victims of this scandal can have their good names restored as quickly as possible. They have already waited too long for justice.”

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