Monthly Archives: September 2009

Scottish Law Commission appointments

In the year that has marked the centenary of the first female LLB graduates in Scotland Scots Law News is pleased to note the appointment of the first female Scottish Law Commissioner. Laura Dunlop QC has been appointed to the … Continue reading

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Scots Law News on twitter

If you find it too much of a chore to read the blog posts on Scots Law News and prefer greater brevity, preferably within a limit of 140 characters, then try our (fairly) new Scots Law News twitterfeed at http://twitter.com/ScotsLawNews/ . … Continue reading

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Review of rights of audience

Earlier this year in Woodside v HMA [2009] HCJAC 19 Lord Justice Clerk Gill drew attention to some aspects of the professional conduct of solicitor-advocates in Scotland. The facts of the case are detailed in the judgment of Lord Gill. … Continue reading

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To lose one QC may be regarded as a misfortune, to lose two…

News broke this morning that Tommy Sheridan will not be represented by Donald Findlay QC during his perjury trial in the new year. In contrast with the defamation hearing where the dismissal of Richard Keen QC from Mr Sheridan's legal … Continue reading

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Lord Advocate’s statement on assisted suicide

The Director of Public Prosecutions for England and Wales, Keir Starmer QC, issued an Interim Policy for Prosecutors in respect of Cases of Assisted Suicide on 23 September 2009. The Lord Advocate, Elish Angiolini QC, issued a statement in response: "The guidance … Continue reading

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Megrahi publishes appeal grounds on website, is ‘deplored’ by Lord Advocate

On 18 September 2009 Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the convicted Lockerbie bomber, published on a website material giving the grounds of his unfinished appeals against conviction. The home page says that the website's purpose is "to explain the basis of [his] challenge … Continue reading

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Still game: Scotland’s oldest robbers?

On 11th September 2009 two septuagenarians were found guilty of robbing a store in Byres Road, Glasgow. Richard Mulhearn and James Adams stole cash, mobile phone top up cards, stamps and power cards in October last year. While Mulhearn distracted … Continue reading

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Lord Advocate seeks longer sentences

Only a few weeks after the formal dropping of the crown appeal in the al-Megrahi case the Lord Advocate, Elish Angiolini QC argued before a bench of five judges chaired by the Lord Justice-General Lord Hamilton that the approach to sentencing murderers … Continue reading

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Making and taking silk

On 4th September 2009 the Queen (on recommendation of the First Minister) confirmed the appointment of twelve new Queen's Counsel. The new Queen's Counsel are: David A Stephenson; Geoffrey D Mitchell; P Jonathan Brodie; Simon D R Bowie; Angela T … Continue reading

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Scottish Government legislative programme 2009-10

The First Minister announced the Scottish Government's legislative programme for 2009-10 in a speech in the Scottish Parliament on 3 September 2009. There are 13 proposed measures, including a Bill setting up what it is said will be a multi-optional … Continue reading

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