Monthly Archives: February 1999

(104)  The legality of nuclear weapons (3)

On 30 March 2001 the High Court of Justiciary issued its ruling in Lord Advocate’s Reference No 1 of 2000.  This concerned the 1999 decision of Sheriff Gimblett of Greenock that persons charged with malicious mischief against a barge, moored … Continue reading

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(103)  Rape and the use of force

Controversy surrounded the trial of Edward Watt on a charge of rape in the High Court of Justiciary at Aberdeen (reported in The Scotsman, 24 March 2001). The prosecution had alleged that the complainer was unwilling to have intercourse. However, … Continue reading

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(102)  Freedom of information

The Scottish Executive published its draft Freedom of Information Bill on 1 March 2001 (available athttp://www.scotland.gov.uk/consultations/government/dfib-08.asp). This followed the issue in November 1999 of An Open Scotland, a consultation document on freedom of information. The Bill provides for a statutory right … Continue reading

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(101)  The battle of the bins

On 15 March 2001 Lord MacLean in the Outer House of the Court of Session upheld Mr Charlie McKeller’s petition against Aberdeen City Council seeking the removal of the communal rubbish bins (‘wheelie bins’) which the Council had placed outside … Continue reading

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(100)  Judicial appointments

The Minister of Justice, Jim Wallace, outlined his plans for a Judicial Appointments Board in a speech at Strathclyde Law School on 14 March 2001.  The Board will be independent, contain a balance of lay and legally qualified members and … Continue reading

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