HC Deb 14 July 1868 vol 193 c1166

said, he wished to ask the Lord Advocate, What expense is entailed upon a prisoner by the process termed in Scotland "running his letters," and whether he does not think it advisable that this process should, in the interests of accused persons of small means, be made as simple and inexpensive as possible?


stated, in reply, that the process in Scotland termed "running his letters," was one by which a criminal could have his trial removed from the provinces to Edinburgh. The expense was about £2 10s., and if that amount were diminished, many more prisoners would be induced to resort to the process, which would lead to as much inconvenience as the removal in England of all criminal trials from the Circuit Courts to London.