Monthly Archives: October 2010

The Supreme Court decides Cadder

The long and much-anticipated decision of the UK Supreme Court in Cadder v HM Advocate was published on 26 October 2010 ([2010] UKSC 43).  As expected, the seven-judge court decides that the human rights of a person detained by the … Continue reading

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Scottish Parliament e-Petition: Justice for Megrahi

This is the title of an e-Petition submitted to the Scottish Parliament on 8 October 2010.  The petition called on the Scottish Parliament "to urge the Scottish Government to open an independent inquiry into the 2001 Kamp van Zeist conviction of … Continue reading

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Tesco not buying into Scots law – yet?

The Legal Services (Scotland) Bill completed its parliamentary passage on 6 October 2010, including the controversial provision that will allow non-lawyer ownership of Scottish law firms to the extent of 49%. While the Bill still has to pass the procedures … Continue reading

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Elish Angiolini moves on

The Lord Advocate, Elish Angiolini QC, announced on 1 October 2010 that she would stand down from her post after the next Scottish Parliament elections, which will be held in May 2011. Ms Angiolini's career as the first woman and … Continue reading

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Interpreting constitutional legislation: the Imperial Tobacco case

Lord Bracadale's opinion in Imperial Tobacco Ltd Petitioners [2010] CSOH 134 (issued on 30 September 2010) upholds the validity of the Scottish Parliament's legislation prohibiting the display of tobacco products at point of sale and the use of vending machines to … Continue reading

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Sound and fury renewed

As seemed possible at the time of our last post on this subject back in August, the group of US Senators pursuing an inquiry into the Megrahi release sent representatives to Scotland in pursuit of evidence in late September 2010.  … Continue reading

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Supreme Court and English Law Commission to go?

The Daily Telegraph and the BBC published on 24 September 2010 leaked UK government lists of public bodies to be abolished or under review in the expected round of huge public expenditure cuts to be made in the autumn, the … Continue reading

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A judicial website

Change in the Scottish judiciary following the re-establishment of the Scottish Courts Service under the headship of the Lord President was confirmed by the launch of their website on 20 September 2010. The site is clearly informed by at least … Continue reading

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Lord Bingham of Cornhill

The death on 11 September 2010 of Lord Bingham of Cornhill, former Senior Law Lord and one of the architects of the still new UK Supreme Court, has been noted elsewhere in Edinburgh Law School's blawgs, but Scots Law News … Continue reading

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The F-word in court: is it a record?

Lord Woolman may have set a new record for the number of times the F-word has appeared in a civil case judgment in his opinion in McCormack v Hamilton Academical Football Club [2010] CSOH 124, issued on 1 September 2010. Mr … Continue reading

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