Monthly Archives: August 2008

Silly season over: pleural plaques Bill on the agenda

The Scottish Parliament Justice Committee resumes work on 2 September 2008 after its summer holiday and ahead of that comes a blast, via Scotland on Sunday for 31 August, on one of its first subjects, the Damages (Asbestosis-Related Conditions) (Scotland) … Continue reading

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RSS on the Scottish Courts website judgements database

The blog of Jonathan Mitchell QC for 30 August 2008 usefully draws attention to the Scottish Courts website's adoption of an RSS feed system on its judgements database, which will at last make it slightly easier to keep electronically abreast … Continue reading

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Fairness of bank charges: a sist for the Scottish legal system?

Regular readers of Scots Law News will recall previous posts on the sisting of Scottish sheriff court cases in which the fairness of certain bank charges is being challenged, to await the outcome of a test case on the same … Continue reading

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Send for a Scots lawyer again

That oft-repeated solution to a problem – send for a Scots lawyer – came into its own once again on 22 August 2008, with the appointment of Lord Bonomy to take over as a judge in the Yugoslav war crimes … Continue reading

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All-female Division’s decision

Back on 5 June 2008 Scots Law News noted the first-ever sitting of an all-female Division in the Inner House of the Court of Session, and can now belatedly report the publication of their unanimous decision on 16 July 2008. … Continue reading

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Captain Calamity keeps up with the Times

Not content with New Statesman coverage, Stuart Hill, self-proclaimed steward of the unilaterally declared state of Forvik in the Shetlands, has broken into the pages of the Murdoch press with a story in The Times for 18 August 2008.   Most … Continue reading

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Caltongate

The proposed commercial development of the huge but sensitive Caltongate site in Edinburgh’s Old Town, already under challenge as incompatible with the city’s World Heritage Site status, is now also under attack by way of European Union competition and public … Continue reading

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What price free expert advice? An MP finds out

The Scotsman for 9 August 2008 reported that Kilmarnock Sheriff Court had ordered Brian Donahoe, MP for Ayrshire Central, to pay an electrician’s call-out fee of £64 following an action brought against him by DSM Electrical. The underlying story was … Continue reading

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Changes at the Scottish Law Commission

It was announced on 15th August that Patrick Layden QC will become a Scottish Law Commissioner with effect from 1st September 2008, replacing Professor Gerry Maher QC whose term of office finishes on 31st August 2008.  Professor Maher's time at the Commission … Continue reading

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Cockerel Wars: The JP Strikes Back

Regular readers will recall Charlie the cockerel, whose 30 decibel call disturbed the sleep of neighbours in Selkirk (Cockerel Wars: The Phantom Menace).  Attempts to obtain an anti-social behaviour order were put on hold following agreement between Charlie's owner – Kenneth … Continue reading

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