Monthly Archives: May 1998

(50)  Abolition of the Feudal System

After 1,000 years of life, the end of the feudal system of land tenure in Scotland appears to be nigh. On 11 February 1999 the Scottish Law Commission published its Report on the (Scot Law Com No 168). The Report … Continue reading

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(49)  Procedure in the Scottish Parliament

The all-party Consultative Steering Group for the Scottish Parliament published its report on 15 January 1999. It recommends that the Parliament should sit for 30-33 weeks per year, with Mondays free for constituency work. The daily working hours will be … Continue reading

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(48)  Land Reform

The Government’s Policy Group published its Recommendations for Action on 6 January 1999. The Group was set up in October 1997 to identify and assess proposals for land reform in rural Scotland. Amongst its recommendations were support for abolition of … Continue reading

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(47)  Lockerbie trial: developments

On 15 December 1998, following a meeting some ten days earlier between Colonel Gaddafi and Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations, the Libyan People’s Congress (the highest legislative and policy-making body under the Libyan Constitution) at a session held … Continue reading

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(46)  Woofie, the French sex goddess and Scots law

After a hearing in Peterhead sheriff court in September 1998, Sheriff Kiernan McLernan ordered the destruction of Woofie, a collie-boxer cross bitch belonging to Terry and Anne Swankie. The Swankies had pleaded guilty to a charge under the Dangerous Dogs … Continue reading

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(45)  The Scotland Act 1998 and the Scottish Parliament

The Scotland Act 1998 completed its passage through Parlament and received the Royal Assent on 19 November 1998. The Bill underwent some major amendment in its later stages, in particular with regard to the controversial issue of the removal of … Continue reading

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(44)  Cultural restitution: the ghost dance shirt

On 19 November 1998 Glasgow City Council announced that it had agreed to the return to the Lakota Sioux of the ghost dance shirt worn by a member of the tribe killed at the massacre of Wounded Knee, South Dakota, … Continue reading

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