Monthly Archives: January 1970

(88)  The Chhokar murder case

Surjit Chhokar was stabbed to death outside his home in Overtown, Lanarkshire, on 4 November 1998.  In March 1999 Ronnie Coulter was tried for his murder.  He lodged a special defence naming his nephew Andrew Coulter and David Montgomery as … Continue reading

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(124)  Extending diminished responsibility: battered women

On 18 July 2001 a Court of Five Judges extended the doctrine of diminished responsibility in murder cases, taking it beyond the previously established position in which such a claim required a state of mind bordering on insanity or some … Continue reading

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(126)  Difficulties with the marriage laws

The wedding of Pandora Clifford and Ivo Curwen was conducted in St Mary’s Church Haddington on 21 July 2001 by Richard Holloway, recently retired as the Episcopalian Bishop of Edinburgh, and was followed by a lavish reception at the home … Continue reading

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(135)  The Chhokar inquiries

The reports of the two inquiries into the Chhokar murder case (see below Nos 88 and 94) were published on 24 October 2001.  Sir Anthony Campbell looked at the way prosecution decisions were made in the case and at whether … Continue reading

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(136)  Resignation of second First Minister

Henry McLeish intimated his resignation as First Minister in a speech to the Scottish Parliament on 8 November 2001.  He had been caught up for some months in controversy over claims for office expenses made in respect of his Westminster … Continue reading

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(139)  Political appointments: a new Solicitor General

The new First Minister, Jack McConnell, announced his Cabinet on 27 November 2001.  Although several incumbent Ministers lost their jobs, Jim Wallace continues as Deputy First Minister and Minister of Justice, while Colin Boyd remains Lord Advocate.  Solicitor General for … Continue reading

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(140)  The Skye Bridge tolls

A Westminster Parliamentary challenge to the validity of the statutory instruments under which the Skye Bridge tolls are imposed and collected failed on 5 December 2001 when the Statutory Instruments Reference Committee (which had not met since 1977) ruled that the … Continue reading

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(154)  Culled from the Scottish Parliament

From the proceedings of the Justice 2 Committee of the Scottish Parliament on 6 February 2002, dealing with the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill at col 1021-2: Stewart Stevenson MSP: I am sorry but I am going to challenge Malcolm Strang … Continue reading

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(168)  Breach of the peace and human rights

On 31 July 2001 the High Court of Justiciary (Lords Coulsfield, Osborne and Caplan) ruled that the principal authorities on the matter defined the crime of breach of the peace with sufficient certainty as to comply with Article 7 (no … Continue reading

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