Monthly Archives: October 2008

Cockerel Wars: the return of Charlie

In August 2008 we reported that the owner of Charlie the cockerel, Kenneth “Ozzie” Williamson  had admitted breach of the court order put in place in 2007 to regulate Charlie’s early morning greeting to the residents of Selkirk.  At the … Continue reading

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Of solicitors and single surveys

We have earlier noted that the economic slowdown and its impact on the Scottish housing market may not be the best time to introduce the new single survey and home reports.  The problem of timing is exacerbated when the market … Continue reading

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Judging juries

On 18th September 2008 the Scottish Government published a consultation paper on modernising the jury system.  Responses are invited on a range of proposals including : Allowing 65 to 70 year olds to sit on trial juries (mirroring the usual … Continue reading

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Late extra: Balfour’s Practicks in the European Court of Justice

Sixteenth-century Scottish legal writing is cited in the decision of the European Court of Justice on Case 37/00 Weber v Universal Ogden Services Ltd [2002] E.C.R. I-2013; [2002] QB 1189. The case is about the Brussels Convention of 27 September … Continue reading

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The key to the off licence door

Turning twenty-one is one of the big events in life.  When you can apply for that provisional licence to drive large passenger vehicles; or your flight navigator licence.  And if the proposals of the Scottish Government were to be supported … Continue reading

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Stone of Destiny film

Earlier in the year Scots Law News reported on the book launch for the new edition of Ian Hamilton QC’s Stone of Destiny  and noted the premiere of the film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.  The film was on … Continue reading

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Pleural Plaques Bill: Justice Committee report

The Justice Committee of the Scottish Parliament published its report on the Damages (Asbestos-related Conditions) (Scotland) Bill on 13 October 2008, signalling its approval of the principles of the Bill, but raising questions about its financial implications.  On the legal … Continue reading

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Elish Angiolini and Frank Mulholland to be admitted to the Faculty of Advocates

On 13 October 2008 Richard Keen QC, the Dean of the Faculty of Advocates, announced the prospective admission to membership of the Faculty of Elish Angiolini QC, the Lord Advocate and Frank Mulholland QC, the Solicitor General. It is understood … Continue reading

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Shock, horror, probe: higher judiciary exposed

The Sunday Herald for 12 October 2008 revealed the hitherto unsuspected truth that the Scottish higher judiciary is mainly “male, white, middle class, privately educated, Edinburgh resident and New Club member”.   These sensational revelations were the product of intense investigative … Continue reading

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Ker-ching: the policewoman, the pineapple, and PTSD – a modern fairy tale

Tracey Ormsby is a former police constable from Glasgow.  In August 2001 she was placed on patrol at Govanhill Baths and her life was changed.  The outcome is Ormsby v Chief Constable Strathclyde Police [2008] CSOH 143, a decision of … Continue reading

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