MSPs Pass Emergency Coronavirus Powers

BBC News - MSPs have voted to give the Scottish government emergency powers to deal with the coronavirus crisis.

Ministers agreed to drop controversial plans to hold more trials without juries during the virus lockdown.

But other measures to keep the judicial system running and to protect tenants from being evicted have been passed as part of the emergency legislation.

The government said the new powers would be used "exceptionally carefully" and would expire after six months.

More emergency legislation is to be considered at Holyrood later in the month, but MSPs are not expected to meet again for two weeks as the parliament has gone into recess.

Read full story on the BBC news website here

Further links

What's in Scotland's emergency coronavirus bill?

Read Scottish Parliament Information Service (SPICe) briefing about the bill here. 

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