The Scottish Authorities spent greater than £118,500 on authorized charges defending itself in opposition to Alex Salmond on the Courtroom of Session, it has emerged.
In January, the federal government admitted performing unlawfully whereas investigating sexual harassment allegations in opposition to the previous first minister, which he denies.
The small print revealed immediately don’t embrace Mr Salmond’s authorized charges which the federal government was ordered to pay and have but to be acquired.
The federal government stated the prices could be met from budgets managed by the Director Basic for Organisational Improvement and Operations.
The federal government misplaced the case on the Courtroom of Session when it admitted breaching its personal pointers by appointing an investigating officer who had “prior involvement” within the case.
A spokesman for Alex Salmond stated:
“Mr Salmond was awarded the bills of the Judicial Evaluate within the Courtroom of Session by Lord Pentland after the Scottish Authorities conceded that their actions and course of was ‘illegal’, ‘procedurally unfair and tainted by obvious bias’. This adopted many makes an attempt by Mr Salmond to resolve the case by providing to cope with the case in a conciliatory method via mediation and authorized arbitration.
“The Everlasting Secretary selected to disregard these makes an attempt to settle issues amicably solely to finish in conceding the case instantly earlier than the beginning of the total listening to on the Courtroom of Session in January.
“The prices revealed immediately by the Scottish Authorities are partial in that they’ve dealt solely with exterior authorized recommendation and don’t seem to have included the 1000’s of hours of time dedicated by authorized and different officers within the Scottish Authorities. Nor have they included the prices of the Courtroom of Session hearings, which concerned a prolonged and complicated Fee and Diligence course of which they’re now required to fulfill. In different phrases the FOI solely offers with one a part of one facet of the total prices which can run to many instances this estimate.
“In flip Mr Salmond’s authorized prices are at the moment being assessed and negotiated by his attorneys and if settlement can’t be reached with the federal government, they may in the end be decided by the impartial Courtroom Auditor. Sooner or later, the total financial prices of the Scottish Authorities’s determination making will likely be clear for all to see and little doubt it is going to be of nice curiosity to the Parliamentary inquires why the Scottish public ought to find yourself with the invoice for the illegal behaviour of the Authorities.
“These varied inquiries might want to ask why the Scottish Authorities refused to resolve this case earlier than Courtroom motion grew to become obligatory and why they continued to defend the motion till the case reached the very steps of the Courtroom of Session itself.”