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Archive for June, 2020

Virtual Prison Visits
The Scottish Prison Service (SPS) has now implemented the process to facilitate virtual visits for inmates and their families across most Scottish prisons. SPS have said: “Roll-out to the remaining prisons will happen in the coming weeks and we anticipate that Virtual...
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First Steps Taken To Re-Start Jury Trials In Scotland
Citations have been issued to potential jurors for the re starting of jury trial since the start of COVID -19. The Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service aims to hear jury trials in July. A Working Group established in May specifically to consider how the reintroduction of...
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Hate Crimes On The Rise In Scotland
Figures released by the Crown Office show hate crimes are increasing across Scotland. The number of charges for the period 2019-20 reported an increase in all categories of hate crime compared to the figures from the previous year. Racial crime is the most common leading...
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Parents Who Refuse To Send Children Back To School In August 2020 Face Prosecution
Schools in Scotland will re-open following the Summer Holidays on 11 August 2020. The Education Secretary, John Swinney has confirmed that parents who refuse to send their children back due to fears surrounding coronavirus face prosecution. Under the Education (Scotland)...
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Scottish Legal History
Liam MacDonald, 33 was found not guilty of being in possession of cannabis resin at Inverness Sheriff Court on 10 June 2020 in the first criminal case to be held remotely in Scottish history. Sheriff Gary Aitken presided over the summary trial at Inverness Sheriff Court....
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Footballer Remanded In Custody
James Hurst, 28 an ex-West Brom and Wrexham footballer has been remanded in custody after being found guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court of coughing at Police Officers and telling them he had coronavirus. Mr Hurst had contacted the Police claiming to be the victim of domestic...
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A Man Described as “a serious risk” Sentenced to Twelve Years Imprisonment
A man described by the High Court as “manipulative, violent and controlling…..who would do anything to get his own way” has been sentenced to twelve years imprisonment. Craig Harkins, 40 was convicted in February 2020 of 16 charges against four different women,...
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Appeal Against Conviction Raises a Number of Issues in Relation to the Conduct of Sexual Offences Trials in Scotland
Gavin MacDonald, 52 was sentenced to 27 month imprisonment for sexually assaulting a 24 year old woman. The trial heard that Mr MacDonald had locked the female inside a room, touched and rubbed her inappropriately and penetrated her vagina with his fingers to her injury. Mr...
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Man Given Life Sentence for Attempted Murder
Mr Cameron has received a life sentence after he was found guilty of attempting to murder two nurses from Northern Ireland outside an Edinburgh hotel in November 2018. He also injured a third man who attempted to assist the women which he pled guilty to. The three people...
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Two Men Charged After Boarder Force Seizure
A father and his son have been charged after a quantity of a psychoactive substance named Kratom was seized at two airports, one being Edinburgh Airport. Kratom is illegal under the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016. The market value is believed by the Police to have a...
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