Cadder’s Grandchildren: The ‘Free’ Suspect’s Right to a Lawyer

The Appeal Court continues to issue judgements in relation to Cadder-type situations where a suspect claims to have had a right to legal advice ignored by the police and prosecuting authorities. The most recent to be reported is Barrie v HM Advocate [2012] HCJAC 160.  In that case the appellant claimed that incriminating responses made Read more about Cadder’s Grandchildren: The ‘Free’ Suspect’s Right to a Lawyer[…]

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?[…]

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[…]