Monthly Archives: June 2008

Forwick Holm declares independence, quits EU

Shetland independence campaigner Stuart Hill, aka Captain Calamity (see No 784), is going to declare the Shetland island Forwick Holm, independent of the UK and the EU on 21 June 2008. The details are available on Shetland Action, Mr Hill's … Continue reading

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Aberdeen and Dundee ahead

The Times Good University Guide 2009, aimed at this year's school-leavers, was published on 18 June 2008.  Its top twenty UK law schools included Aberdeen (6), Dundee (9), Edinburgh (15), Strathclyde (16) and Glasgow (19th equal with Warwick). It is … Continue reading

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Creative Scotland Bill founders

The Creative Scotland Bill, which is designed to amalgamate the Scottish Arts Council and Scottish Screen in a single body to be known as Creative Scotland, became the first ever Executive/Government Bill to fail to pass the Scottish Parliament on … Continue reading

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The perils of ministerial blogging (continued)

We at Scots Law News have referred before to the dangers inherent in ministerial blogging (see the unfortunate tale of Mike Russell MSP's trip to the Western Isles at 669).  Another blogging minister has discovered the dangers. Tom Harris, the MP … Continue reading

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Of registers of tartans, SSSIs, and crofts

Jamie McGrigor MSP's Scottish Register of Tartans Bill (see nos 608, 642, 674, and 676) was approved at Stage 1 by the Scottish Parliament on 19th June (without division) and now progresses to Stage 2. The bill proposes that the register would … Continue reading

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What Sheriff Pyle did next

When not preserving the integrity of Scots law (see nos 675, and 745)  Scots Law News's favourite sheriff, Sheriff Derek Pyle deals with the usual matters of sheriff court business. He presided over an early procedural stage in a criminal case in … Continue reading

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Sexual Offences (Scotland) BIll introduced to Parliament

The Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament on 17th June 2008. The bill is largely based on the Scottish Law Commission Report on Rape and Other Sexual Offences (Scot Law Com no 207).  The bill defines … Continue reading

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Death of Lord Johnston

Scots Law News notes with sadness the sudden death of Lord Johnston, reported briefly in The Scotsman on 16th June.  Lord Johnston was a graduate of Cambridge and Edinburgh Universities and was called to the bar in 1967.  He was … Continue reading

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Narked about Narnia on the Net

It is a truth universally acknowledged that corporate holders of intellectual property rights have a genius for getting IP a good name.  The latest evidence for this is the story of an Edinburgh couple’s prospective domain name battle with the … Continue reading

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Level crossings

The Scottish Law Commission has added to its workload with another government inspired project (further to those relating to the World's End case – see no 703, consumer remedies, and damages for wrongful death).  As well as his ongoing work … Continue reading

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