Monthly Archives: June 1999

(129)  Scottish Law Commission at work

The Scottish Law Commission produced two important discussion papers in July 2001.  One (Disc Paper No 115) on the age of criminal responsibility proposes abolition of the rule that a child below the age of 8 has no criminal capacity … Continue reading

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(128)  War crimes: the Gecas case

A warrant for the arrest of Mr Anton Gecas (84), an Edinburgh resident, was issued on 27 July 2001.  The Lithuanian Government has been seeking the extradition of Mr Gecas to face charges of killing mostly Jewish civilians in Lithuania … Continue reading

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(127)  Child witnesses in child abuse cases

Controversy broke out following the collapse on 25 July 2001 of a trial of six men accused of child sex abuse.  The trial had been running for 15 days.  The two victims had been subjected to cross-examination for extended periods, … Continue reading

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(125)  Temporary sheriffs and human rights again

On 24 July 2001 the Privy Council ruled in four conjoined test cases that all criminal prosecutions before temporary sheriffs after 20 May 1999 (the date when the Lord Advocate became a member of the Scottish Executive under the Scotland … Continue reading

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