A Word of Support – Is Summary Criminal Defence an Easy Target?

Are criminal defence lawyers an easy target?  Reaction by the Scottish Government to the possibility of industrial action announced by both Edinburgh and Glasgow Bars was to the effect that the Legal Aid spend for 2011-12 was at the second highest ever and needed to be cut.  The Justice Secretary highlighted the fact that fourteen Read more about A Word of Support – Is Summary Criminal Defence an Easy Target?[…]

Corroboration, Eggs and Omelettes

Time is throttling past me.  Was it really November last year that I first blogged about corroboration?  I suggested then that although Scots Law should not be afraid to take a radical approach to reform and that many of the observations of the Carloway Report appeared sound, there was a danger inherent in considering corroboration Read more about Corroboration, Eggs and Omelettes[…]

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.[…]

A Few Thoughts on Devolution Issues and the Supreme Court

This week saw the publication of Lord McCluskey’s review of the role of the Supreme Court in deciding Devolution Issues arising from Scottish Criminal cases.  Much of the furore created after the Nat Fraser decision has now died down.  Messrs Salmond and MacAskill have turned there attentions away from the “ambulance chasers” occupying the Supreme Read more about A Few Thoughts on Devolution Issues and the Supreme Court[…]

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.[…]