Reaction to the resignation of Colin Boyd as Scotland's Lord Advocate
SNP JUSTICE SPOKESMAN KENNY MACASKILL
Colin Boyd's time in office will be under a cloud until we have a full public inquiry into the case of Shirley McKie. This whole episode has only underlined the need for any future appointee to be independent of ministers. Scotland's justice system needs an independent, professional law officer, not another hired politician.
FIRST MINISTER JACK MCCONNELL
The lives of people living in Scotland have been improved as a result of your personal dedication to justice at every level. As lord advocate, from engagement with local communities to the reform of our highest courts, through to prosecution on the world stage, your achievements have been immense.
LIBERAL DEMOCRAT JUSTICE SPOKESMAN JEREMY PURVIS
I have every confidence in the professionalism of the solicitor general and her ability to fulfil the responsibilities of the lord advocate for the time being. We should take time to reflect on the role of lord advocate before appointing someone to the post
CONSERVATIVE MSP MARGARET MITCHELL
I would have thought the sensible thing to do would be to see through the Legal Profession and Legal Aid Bill and to await the outcome of the justice 1 committee report into the Shirley McKie case and into the investigation of the SCRO (Scottish Criminal Record Office). For him to go before that seems an astounding decision.
IAIN MCKIE, SHIRLEY MCKIE'S FATHER
I'm pleased that he's decided to go. I think that over the last nine years this whole affair, Shirley's affair, has been handled with incompetence - the Crown Office was at the centre of it and I think it's right that the head of the Crown Office should go.
SOLIDARITY MSP TOMMY SHERIDAN
I find it amazing that this man is resigning soon after he has been made a Lord. I find it even more concerning that he is about to resign just before the commission into the Lockerbie trial is due to report after three years of work. It may be he is concerned that questions will be raised over this and the Shirley McKie case and no doubt we will see him made a judge soon.