(550) ROBBIE THE PICT AND THE JUDGES (AGAIN)
ROBBIE THE PICT AND THE JUDGES (AGAIN)
Robbie the Pict once again failed to unseat the Scottish judicial system in a case decided in the High Court of Justiciary on 16 February 2006 (see Wylie v Robbie the Pict 2006 GWD 15-297). This time his argument was that the Senators of the College of Justice were not properly established by law, thus compromising Robbie’s right to a fair trial by an independent and impartial tribunal under Article 6(1) ECHR. This was because their letters of appointment were not sealed under either the Scottish or the UK Great Seal, contrary to Articles 4 and 19 of the Acts of Union 1707, and also against an Act of the Parliament of Scotland passed in 1525. Robbie also argued that this failure to establish a lawful tribunal in Scotland discriminated against a national ethnic minority (the Scots), contrary to Article 14 ECHR. Almost needless to say that the court rejected all the points made: there was no requirement under the Acts of Union that letters of judicial appointment had to be sealed in the manner contended for (instead they were and are superscribed by the monarch); and the 1525 Act had been repealed in 1906. Case not found on the Scottish Courts website, incidentally (as of 28 May 2006).