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?[…]

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.[…]

Son of Cadder – It Won’t End Here!

It was not so long ago that we had one of those big stooshies.  Some bloke in Turkey had got himself verballed by the polis and then some judges in Strasbourg said that’s no fair.  Then seven Scottish judges said, well Turkey’s not Scotland.  We’ve got corroboration and that.  If the police are going to Read more about Son of Cadder – It Won’t End Here![…]

Lord Advocate: The Decision to Prosecute in Neil Lennon Case Was Right.

The Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland QC said: “The Crown takes all forms of hate crime very seriously. Our decision to prosecute John Wilson for alleged sectarian remarks was the right one. We respect the decision of the Jury but will continue to prosecute as a hate crime any offence where there is a sufficiency of Read more about Lord Advocate: The Decision to Prosecute in Neil Lennon Case Was Right.[…]