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 Read more about News: Offensive Behaviour at Football Article 7 Appeal Refused[…]

Caselaw: Appeal by Way of Stated Case

Two recent cases raised similar issues with regard to summary appeals against conviction by way of stated case. In Donnelly and Walsh v PF Edinburgh [2015] HCJAC 19, the decision of the sifting judges granting leave to appeal on “ground 2” in the stated case was criticised. A similar point was raised by the Court in FB v Read more about Caselaw: Appeal by Way of Stated Case[…]

More Thoughts on the Football Offences Bill.

1. The Bill creates two new offences. There are two “new” offences in the Bill.  The first relates to offensive or threatening behaviour which is likely to cause a public disturbance.  In other words the behaviour has to be so threatening or offensive that there is a likelihood of public disturbance.  The use of the Read more about More Thoughts on the Football Offences Bill.[…]

Politicians, Pundits, Prejudice and Parliament – Getting Aggravated About Aggravations.

This week the Scottish Parliament Justice Committee heard evidence in relation to the proposed Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Bill.  This Bill marks the Scottish Government’s latest efforts to tackle sectarianism.  The passage of this Bill through Parliament has been given added impetus by the recent Edinburgh case involving Neil Lennon and the current Read more about Politicians, Pundits, Prejudice and Parliament – Getting Aggravated About Aggravations.[…]