Monthly Archives: May 1999

(123)  Gaelic in the courts

In implementation of Article 9 para 1.b.ii of the Council of Europe Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, witnesses in civil proceedings in the sheriff courts of Stornoway, Lochmaddy and Portree will henceforth be allowed to give their evidence in … Continue reading

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(122)  The future of diligence

The recommendations of the working group set up by the Minister of Justice to consider replacements for the soon to be abolished poinding and warrant sale procedure (see Nos 90 and 113 below) were published on 6 July 2001, in … Continue reading

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(121)  Judicial appointments

On 5 July 2001 James Drummond Young and Duncan Menzies, both QCs, became the first persons to be appointed judges of the Court of Session having applied for the posts following public advertisement (see No 100 below for the new … Continue reading

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(120)  Donald Dewar’s will

The will of the late Donald Dewar was publicised at the beginning of July 2001. Mr Dewar was revealed as a millionaire at the time of his death, with a shareholding worth nearly £1 million, three houses in Glasgow and … Continue reading

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(119)  ‘Slopping out’ and human rights

On 26 June 2001 Lord Macfadyen granted an interim order requiring the removal of Robert Napier (21) from his cell at Barlinnie Prison, Glasgow. Napier had been a remand prisoner since 18 May facing charges of assault, robbery, abduction and … Continue reading

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(118)  Bonfire of the quangos

On 21 June 2001 the Scottish Executive published its report Public Bodies: Proposals for Change. The report proposes the abolition of 52 public bodies, including the Scottish Conveyancing and Executry Services Board (functions to be transferred to the Law Society … Continue reading

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(117)  Scots law and South African law

On 19 April 2001, an important ceremony was held in the new Oliver Tambo Moot Court Room at the Law Faculty of the University of Cape Town.  Lord President Rodger formally handed over a set of The Laws of Scotland: … Continue reading

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