Monthly Archives: January 2000

(169)  Parental rights and gay couples

Following the decision of Sheriff Laura Duncan in  X v Y 2002 GWD 12-344 (see No 161 below) that a male sperm donor had parental rights over a child while the mother’s lesbian partner did not, although the child lived … Continue reading

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(167)  Rape redefined

A Court of Seven Judges over-ruled the precedent of Chas Sweenie (1858) 3 Irv 109 and held that an accused does not have to have used force to overcome the consent of his victim in order to be guilty of … Continue reading

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(166)  Fox-hunting bill receives 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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