(116)  Article 6 and the use of Latin

In Robbie the Pict v MacDonald 2001 GWD 20-764, a Skye Bridge case, it was held that the use of a Latin maximum (omnia rite et solemniter acta praesumuntur) by the Sheriff in Dingwall Sheriff Court was not a breach of art 6 of the ECHR. Robbie claimed that he had a right for proceedings to be conducted in a language he understood. This was rejected by the Appeal Court on the basis that Robbie’s presentation of his arguments demonstrated that he had understood the Latin words.