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News: Offensive Behaviour at Football Article 7 Appeal Refused

An appeal by two men convicted of singing the “Roll of Honour” at a Hibs v Celtic match in October 2013 has been refused. The question raised was somewhat unusual. The compatibility of Section 1 of the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012 with Article 7 of the European Convention on…

News: SLAB Annual Report 2013-14 now out.

The Scottish Legal Aid Board published its Annual Report today. Expenditure on the Legal Aid Fund remained relatively static in 2013-14 at £150.5 million. Some key points on expenditure, and comparisons with 2012-13 include: Expenditure on criminal legal assistance fell by 0.8% from £94.8 million to £94.0 million Total grants relating to summary criminal legal…

Opening of the Legal Year 2014

Yesterday, Lord Gill, the Lord President and Lord Justice General gave his annual address to the court in which he reviewed the year passed and set out his views for the year ahead.  Of particular interest for the criminal practitioner was the news that the High Court of Justiciary was now free from backlogs, the…

New-Look Website

After a fair bit of playing about with footers and headers and widgets, I am pleased to show-off my new-look website.  My blog-posting has dried up over the past two years and I hope to get back to it soon.  Until then, feel free to browse away!