Proposed changes to Scotland’s legal system amount to “an interference with the rule of law”, senior judges have said.

A consultation document published by the Scottish Government laid out proposed changes to how the legal profession is regulated.

Each of the three proposals call for the creation of a regulator that would take over the current system and be accountable to the Scottish Parliament – raising fears over the independence of the judiciary and legal profession.

The idea of a single regulator for the sector was a recommendation of a review undertaken by Esther Roberton.

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