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Archive for May, 2021

Completion Rate Of Solemn Sheriff Cases Increases Above Pre-Pandemic Average
Figures released by the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service have shown that almost 500 solemn Sheriff cases were concluded in April 2021 alone, marking an 8% increase from the pre-Covid average. Positive signs that the court system is gradually beginning to recover could...
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New Justice Secretary Name
Keith Brown will replace Humza Yousaf as Justice Secretary as part of a cabinet shake-up in the aftermath of the 2021 election. Mr Brown, a veteran MSP who currently serves as deputy leader of the SNP,  takes over from Mr Yousaf at a time of great uncertainty from criminal...
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Conviction Rates For Violent Offences On The Increase
Figures released by the Scottish Government have indicated that convictions for violent crime, such as attempted murder, assault and armed robbery, have increased by over 20% for the year 2019/20. Conviction rates for serious assault and attempted murder are at the...
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Summary Trials To Increase As COVID Restrictions Are Eased
The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service have announced that following restrictions being eased from 17th May, they are aiming to increase the amount of summary trials being heard back to maximum safe capacity for each courtroom.  The SCTS have also announced that...
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Boycott Action Launched By Defence Lawyers In Courts
A boycott of courts by defence lawyers has been launched, lasting all-day on Monday 17th May. This is in response to what many defence solicitors see as unfair treatment by the Scottish Government over legal aid. According to the Scottish Solicitors Bar Association, only...
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Percentage of Prisoners Incarcerated for Sexual Offences on the Rise
Statistics released today by the Scottish Government regarding the national prison population show a growing proportion of sex offenders amongst Scotland’s prison population. According to the figures, there was a 100% increase in sex offenders as a proportion of all...
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Two Men Convicted at High Court For Transporting Firearms
Mark Kirkby and Ku Wing Kwok have been convicted of transporting handguns after pleading guilty at the High Court in Glasgow. The pair, who were involved in the sale of the guns at a golf club in North Ayrshire, were jailed for 5 years each. The convictions came...
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Crown Office App Requires Update, According To Bar Association
The Herald has reported that the Scottish Solicitors’ Bar Association (SSBA) has expressed criticism of the Crown office app used to book Pre-intermediate Diet Meetings (PIDMs). Concerns have been raised as to the functionality of the app, as well as its...
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MK v Procurator Fiscal, Kilmarnock
The appellant had appealed against the competency of three charges brought against him under the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009, in relation to exposing himself to children on social media. The appellant argued that as the original charges libelled by the Crown did...
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Procurator Fiscal, Hamilton v John Donnelly
The Sheriff Appeal Court in this case has imposed a community payback order in place of an admonishment, following a Crown appeal. The respondent, John Donnelly, was convicted in February 2020 of assaulting his ex-wife. Following the two day trial, the summary Sheriff...
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