Monthly Archives: August 1998

(68)  Nuclear weapons illegal: Greenock Sheriff Court

Ellen Moxley, Angie Zelter and Ulla Roder were accused in Greenock Sheriff Court of maliciously damaging an unmanned barge carrying sonar equipment and documents at the Faslane base which is part of the Trident nuclear submarine defence system. Sheriff Margaret … Continue reading

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(67)  More permanent judges

On 13 October 1999 it was announced that the maximum number of Court of Session judges was to be increased from 27 to 32. This took place against the background, not only of concerns over the judicial manpower required for … Continue reading

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(66)  Scots law against cybersquatters

Scottish Widows, a life assurance company, obtained an interdict from the Court of Session on 15 September 1999 to prevent Leisure Probe Ltd from using the domain names scottish-widows.com, scottish-widows.co.uk, and scottish-widows.tm on the Internet. Leisure Probe had registered the … Continue reading

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(65)  Temporary sheriffs, the Lord Advocate and human rights

Further to No 62 below, a fresh challenge under the European Convention of Human Rights to the functions of the Lord Advocate as head of the public prosecution system in Scotland was considered in Linlithgow Sheriff Court on 30 July … Continue reading

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(64)  Welsh language rights

On 20 July 1999 the Court of Appeal held that section 22 of the Welsh Language Act 1993, which provides for the use of the Welsh language "in any legal proceedings in Wales" had no application to an appeal to … Continue reading

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(63)  Flags in the Wind

Thirty years ago a Scottish flag was a rarity and was invariably printed in the wrong colours. During the Coronation celebrations in 1953 the saltire and royal blue of St Andrew flew proudly above nearly every building in Scotland and … Continue reading

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