Monthly Archives: May 2008

SCOTS LAW NEWS – A BLOG AT LAST

Welcome to Scots Law News in its new blog format! Scots Law News has its origins in the days before the blog was invented, almost before the Internet was invented, in fact.  But the idea of a running commentary on … Continue reading

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(800) GOODBYE GRETNA?

The Gretna FC administrator declared the 40 remaining staff at the club redundant on 19 May 2008 (see previously Nos 772, 781). The curtain was not quite closed for the club, however, as a possible white knight, Glasgow businessman Paul … Continue reading

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(799) LUKE MITCHELL APPEAL REFUSED

More than three years since his original conviction for murdering his girl friend Jodi Jones (see No 425), Luke Mitchell’s appeal was refused by the Court of Criminal Appeal on 16 May 2008. Like the Nat Fraser case ten days … Continue reading

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(798) RECORDS OF THE PARLIAMENTS OF SCOTLAND ONLINE

Scots Law News notes with pleasure the official launch of the digital, online version of the Records of the Parliaments of Scotland to 1707 on 15 May 2008, at the appropriate venue of the Scottish Parliament. The project has been run … Continue reading

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(797) ABERDEEN’S NAKED MIDNIGHT RUNNER

Our thanks to Bernard Boase for drawing our attention to the Aberdeen Evening Express for 13 May 2008, which reports the clearing of Angus Plumb (56), who had been arrested in September 2007 after being found running through Irvine Place, … Continue reading

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(796) THE SCOTS LEDE IN COURT: TRANSCRIPTION ISSUES

The Scotsman for 12 May 2008 reported on renewed linguistic problems in Scotland’s courts (see previously No 187), this time involving the Mendip Media Group (based in Dorset) which in 2006 won from Scottish Courts Administration the contract for transcription … Continue reading

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(795)  JK ROWLING PRIVACY APPEAL SUCCESSFUL

Since Scots Law News noted the first instance decision in the English case of Murray v Express Newspapers plc (since the locus delicti was a street in Edinburgh's Morningside – see No 667), it is here recorded for the sake … Continue reading

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(794)  SCOTTISH LAW COMMISSION CONSULTS ON TRUSTEES’ LIABILITY

The Scottish Law Commission published its Discussion Paper No 138 on Liability of Trustees to Third Parties on 7 May 2008.  Not the most exciting subject in the world but even a quick look at the Commission’s news release (http://www.scotlawcom.gov.uk/downloads/nrs/nr_dp138.pdf) … Continue reading

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(793)  BRING IT ON”: LABOUR WANTS AN INDEPENDENCE REFERENDUM – OR DOES IT?”

Scottish Labour Party leader Wendy Alexander MSP seemed to undermine the Calman Commission which she had so recently helped to set up (see No 791) when during an appearance on the BBC Scotland Politics Show on 4 May 2008 she … Continue reading

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(792) NAT FRASER APPEAL FAILS

Scots Law News has not previously given coverage to the Arlene Fraser murder case, in which her husband Nat was convicted of the crime in 2003 although his wife’s body had never been found since she went missing from home … Continue reading

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