Monthly Archives: May 2008

(791)  CALMAN COMMISSION MEMBERS ANNOUNCED

The constitutional commission set up by opposition parties in the Scottish Parliament (see previously No 744) announced its 15 members on 28 April 2008.  The name of the chair, Sir Kenneth Calman, Chancellor of Glasgow University, had already been made … Continue reading

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(790)  JURY NUMBERS REVIEW?

The BBC reports on 26 April 2008 that Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill is to set up a public consultation on reducing the size of criminal juries from the current number of 15, perhaps to 11 or less (see http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/7368294.stm).  This, … Continue reading

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(789)  HOPE/RODGER CHANGE OF MIND

Our London constitutional correspondent Tony Bradley has alerted Scots Law News to our missing a Christmas treat on 12 December 2007, when in Spiers v Ruddy [2007] UKPC D2, 12 December 2007  http://www.bailii.org/uk/cases/UKPC/2007/D2.html the Privy Council unanimously over-ruled its previous … Continue reading

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(788)  STRIPOGRAM’S TRUNCHEON NOT AN OFFENSIVE WEAPON

Until now Scots Law News has resisted the temptation to give publicity to the rather absurd prosecution of Stuart Kennedy of Aberdeen.  Mr Kennedy was charged in 2007 with impersonating a police officer and carrying offensive weapons (two police truncheons … Continue reading

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(787)  HELLO, HELLO: MOBILE PHONE CHARGES

Ted Brocklebank, Tory list MSP for Mid-Scotland and Fife, was cleared of a charge of driving his car through Guardbridge, Fife, while using his mobile phone after Cupar District Court found there was no case to answer on 25 April … Continue reading

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(786) FAIRNESS OF BANK CHARGES: AN ENGLISH DECISION

Regular readers will recall our reports on Sheriff Derek Pyle’s resistance to sists of cases before him in Inverness sheriff court to await the outcome of a test case in the English High Court about the alleged unfairness of bank … Continue reading

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(785) RIGHT TO ROAM ALLOWED: THE SNOWIE CASE

After a long silence since the evidence was heard in the autumn of 2007, the judgement of Sheriff Andrew Cubie in the latest right to roam case was finally published on 23 April 2008. Unlike the Ann Gloag case (see … Continue reading

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(782)  DEATH OF LORD MACFADYEN

Scots Law News notes with sadness the death of Lord Macfadyen on 11 April 2008, aged just 62.  He had been ill for some time.  A Glasgow law graduate, Donald Macfadyen was appointed a Court of Session judge in 1995 and … Continue reading

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(781)  UPS AND DOWNS OF FOOTBALL IN DUMFRIES-SHIRE

Despite administration and the prospect of going definitively out of business altogether once the season ends, Gretna FC continue to fulfil their Scottish Premier League fixtures and to plough along at the foot of the table pending now inevitable relegation … Continue reading

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(779)  SHERIDANS CASE

SHERIDANS CASE On 27 March 2008 Tommy and Gail Sheridan made separate and private appearances in Edinburgh Sheriff Court charged with perjury (see previously No 743).  Neither made any plea or declaration and each was released on bail.  On 31 … Continue reading

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