Monthly Archives: June 2009

Not 44 Scotland Street: strife over a New Town oasis

The Scotsman for 24 June 2009 reported a New Town row about a back garden in Fettes Row that has already been through the Lands Tribunal and looks likely to end up in the Court of Session. The story seems … Continue reading

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Naked Rambler returns to the streets

The latest appearance of Steve Gough the Naked Rambler was in Perth Sheriff Court (at last!) on 23 June 2009. Our information comes from the Perthshire Advertiser, which describes Mr Gough as a "notorious exhibitionist" – perhaps a little bit … Continue reading

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Lord Davidson

Scots Law News is once again saddened to have to report the loss of a leading figure in Scots law.  Lord Davidson died on 18 June 2009 at the age of 80. Kemp Davidson was one of the leading advocates … Continue reading

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Sergeant Eros caught flashing… (His strobe light, of course)

Further to our recent note that stripper Stuart Kennedy (better known to our regular readers as "Sergeant Eros") was on trial (again) for impersonating a police officer news came through on 23 June 2009 that Mr Kennedy was convicted in Peterhead sheriff court. Sheriff … Continue reading

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Make Mine a Builders

Between October 2005 and September 2006, Chartered Brands Ltd and Elmwood Design Ltd to invent and sell a brand of tea to be marketed under the name "Make Mine a Builders". Relations broke down and Chartered Brands sued Elmwood alleging that … Continue reading

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Offences (Aggravation by Prejudice) (Scotland) Bill

Scottish Green party leader Patrick Harvie's member's bill, the Offences (Aggravation by Prejudice) (Scotland) Bill (see previously here) passed its final stage in the Scottish Parliament on 3rd June 2009 with all party support. The bill provides that where it is … Continue reading

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Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) At 2008

From June 1, 2009 much of the Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Act 2008 came into force. A new statutory guarantee of "continuing judicial independence" is provided for in section 1 of that Act (which Scots Law news noted did not capture what … Continue reading

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Time-bar on slopping-out actions against Scottish Ministers

On 18 June 2009 the Convention Rights Proceedings (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill was passed nem con under the Emergency Bill procedure of the Scottish Parliament, the whole process taking less than a day. The purpose of the Bill was to reverse … Continue reading

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Scottish legislation’s coming home

The Interpretation and Legislative Reform (Scotland) Bill, introduced in the Scottish Parliament on 16 June 2009, promises rather more than it seems to deliver.  As the Explanatory Memorandum makes clear, this is a highly technical Bill, broadly restating in one … Continue reading

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Calman Commission reports

The Commission on Scottish Devolution set up by the Unionist parties in the Scottish Parliament and chaired by Sir Kenneth Calman published its final report on 15 June 2009. The report, entitled Serving Scotland Better: Scotland and the United Kingdom … Continue reading

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