Precognitions and Statements: Forgetting what you thought you knew.

In Beurskens v HM Advocate [2014] HCJAC 99, the Appeal Court provided an important lesson for criminal lawyers – what you think you know is not always correct.  In this case, the Court considered the use of precognitions in relation to an application under Section 259 of the 1995 Act before deciding that, contrary to the Read more about Precognitions and Statements: Forgetting what you thought you knew.[…]

We Don’t Need No Corroboration – But is it Just Another Brick in the Wall?

So the Carloway Review recommends the abolition of corroboration. Prominent lawyers have questioned the case for abolition, raising concerns that a vital safeguard against miscarriages of justice would be removed. Victims groups have broadly supported the move. They consider the requirement for crimes in Scotland to be proved by corroborated evidence as an unnecessary barrier Read more about We Don’t Need No Corroboration – But is it Just Another Brick in the Wall?[…]