Scots Law News is pleased to announce the results from its annual awards ceremony, held at a secret location on Hogmanay 2004.  Winners in each category are asterisked below.  Also, Robbie the Pict and the Skye Bridge have each received a lifetime achievement award.  But more is expected from them in 2005, as also of many of the ordinary nominees.  It was agreed to defer a lifetime achievement award for the Scottish Parliament, as it was thought there might be more evidence by this time next year.  The Budd Inquiry wins the special Inquiry of the Year award, as the only inquiry actually to get anyone to resign.  Our congratulations to it and all the other lucky winners.  Happy New Year for everybody else.

Man of the Year:


The Naked Rambler

Robbie the Pict  

Tiger Morison

Mark Clark MBE *

Woman of the Year

The Minister for Justice

Katherine Grainger *

The Solicitor General for Scotland

Baroness Hale of Richmond

Construction Work of the Year

The Scottish Parliament *

The Skye Bridge

The Supreme Court

Lingerbay (super)Quarry

Sheriff of the Year

Sheriff Richard Davidson *

(former) Sheriff Raj Jandoo

Sheriff Edward Savage

Sheriff Kevin Drummond

Bill of the Year

Gaelic Language Bill

Civil Partnership Bill *

Constitutional Reform Bill

Breastfeeding etc Bill

Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Bill

Inquiry of the Year

The Hutton Inquiry

The Butler Inquiry (see http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/3892809.stm)

The Fraser Inquiry

The Budd Inquiry (see http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4099581.stm) *

Politician of the Year

Mike Watson MSP

Lord Falconer of Thoroton (the cheery chappie) *

George Galloway MP

Minister for Justice

Wildlife of the Year

Collette the whale *





Arbroath smokies

Litigant of the Year

The Roman Catholic Church

Mohamed al-Fayed

Tommy Sheridan

Lord Robertson of Portgower *

Gordon Jackson QC MSP

Topic of the Year

The right not to have to wear clothes

Slopping out

Violation of sepulchres


Future of baron courts

Insanity and diminished responsibility *

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