Caselaw: Carrying Knives, Knowledge and Reasonable Excuse

Section 49 of the Criminal Law Consolidation (Scotland) Act 1995, as amended makes it an offence for a person to have with him in a public place a sharply pointed or bladed article.  It is important to note that the words “to have with him” ignore any question of knowledge and intent.  The careless, casual, Read more about Caselaw: Carrying Knives, Knowledge and Reasonable Excuse[…]

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?[…]