Monthly Archives: December 1999

(165)  Fox-hunting bill given Royal Assent

The Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Bill, which seeks to ban fox-hunting with dogs, received Royal Assent on 15 March 2002.  It can therefore be taken that neither the Law Officers nor the Secretary of State for Scotland thought the … Continue reading

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(164)  Lockerbie appeal dismissed

The appeal of Abdel Basset al-Megrahi against his conviction for the bombing of a Pan-Am flight over Lockerbie in December 1988, killing 274 people on the plane and on the ground, has been unanimously dismissed by the Court of Criminal … Continue reading

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(163)  Civil jury survives human rights challenge

The challenge to the use of the civil jury as contrary to Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights (fair trial: see No 143) was rejected by an Extra Division (Lords Coulsfield, Johnston and Hamilton) in Heasman v J … Continue reading

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(162)  Deputy First Minister acts again

The Deputy First Minister, Jim Wallace, stood in for a third First Minister at First Minister’s Questions on 7 March 2002, after Jack McConnell was taken ill earlier that day.  Mr McConnell subsequently recovered and resumed his duties.

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(161)  Sperm donation and parental rights

On 7 March 2002 Sheriff Laura Duncan held in Glasgow Sheriff Court that a homosexual sperm donor had parental rights in relation to a child produced with his sperm and being brought up by a lesbian couple including the mother.  … Continue reading

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(160)  Crown Office reform

The Lord Advocate announced a wide-ranging modernisation of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service on 4 March 2002.  This follows the Chhokar inquiries in 2000-2001 (see Nos 88, 89, 94, 135).  A new chief executive post will be created, … Continue reading

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