Monthly Archives: September 1999

(147)  First claim after SQA exams problem

Claire Bowen of Dalkeith has raised the first claim against the Scottish Qualifications Authority in respect of the authority’s widespread failings in the administration of the Higher and Standard Grade examination results in 2000.  Over 17,000 students in Scotland received inaccurate … Continue reading

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(146)  Spanking children, Scots law and the development of tourism

A story overlooked last year concerned a French tourist from near Beauvais, who was arrested in Edinburgh on 22 September 2001 and then spent two days in police cells, after complaints that he had smacked his 8-year old son on … Continue reading

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(145)  Rape, consent, and the use of force

A Court of Seven Judges is considering the law on rape in a Lord Advocate’s reference following the dismissal of a case by Lord Abernethy on the grounds that having sex without the woman’s consent is not necessarily rape if … Continue reading

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(144)  Lockerbie: appeal to be televised

The Lord Justice General, Lord Cullen, has ruled that the appeal of Abdelbaset Almegrahi against his conviction in the Lockerbie trial (see No 96) can be televised by the BBC and streamed on the Internet (with a simultaneous translation into … Continue reading

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(143)  Human rights, the civil jury and the lottery culture

The civil jury, long one of the betes noirs of Scottish neo-Civilians as a result of its origins in an early nineteenth-century Anglicisation of Scots law through the Jury Trials Acts of 1815, 1819, 1825 and 1830, has been challenged … Continue reading

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(142)  Lighting up Christmas (continued)

Mr David Rowlands of Irvine, who was interdicted by his neighbours in 2000 from switching on 8,500 Christmas lights, several singing Santas, figurines including Mary and Joseph, the Three Wise Men, a giant plastic candy cane, a talking tree, reindeer … Continue reading

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