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?[…]

Caselaw – Defence Statements Article 6 Compliant

Section 124 of the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010 introduced Defence Statements into solemn criminal procedure.  Previously an accused person was under no obligation to provide the Crown with details of his defence unless that defence was a “special defence” or specifically required notice in terms of Section 78 of the 1995 Act. Read more about Caselaw – Defence Statements Article 6 Compliant[…]

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.[…]