Monthly Archives: October 1998

(80)  Selling mountains

On 22 March 2000 the twenty-ninth chief of the Clan MacLeod, John MacLeod of MacLeod, announced that he was putting up for sale at a price of £10 million the Black Cuillin mountain range in the Isle of Skye.  The … Continue reading

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(79)  The Scottish Parliament and the rule of law

“The Lord Ordinary gives insufficient weight to the fundamental character of the Parliament as a body which – however important its role – has been created by statute and derives its powers from statute. As such, it is a body … Continue reading

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(78)  Human rights, the judges and the new Scotland

Human rights continues to cause difficulties in the administration of criminal justice in Scotland.  The most notable case (because it involves a UK statute) is Brown v Stott 2000 SLT 379, in which the High Court of Justiciary held that … Continue reading

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(77)  Whales and devolution issues

 The vexed issue of who is responsible for the disposal of dead stranded whales (see (1997) 1 Edinburgh Law Review 406, Archive No 15) took a new twist early in February 2000, when the carcase of a sperm whale was … Continue reading

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(76)  A New Year’s Honour

The New Year’s Honours List for January 2000 included a knighthood for Sheriff Gerald Gordon QC, author of the standard work, The Criminal Law of Scotland (2nd edition, 1978), and editor of Renton & Brown’s Criminal Procedure and the Scottish … Continue reading

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(75)  Judicial appointments

Twelve new sheriffs were appointed on a permanent basis on 10 December 1999. They included Rajni Swanney, the first judicial appointment from an ethnic minority group in Scotland as well as a woman. On 17 December 1999 Ann Paton QC … Continue reading

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