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Archive for June, 2021

Politicians Call For End To Low-Level Drug Prosecutions
MSPs from the Scottish Liberal Democrats have called for an end to “pointless” drug prosecutions in order to better use Crown Office and Police resources, whilst focusing on a health-based approach to Scotland’s drug crisis. Speaking at a parliamentary debate on...
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Paralegal Jailed Following The Theft Of Over £200,000 From Firm
A trainee paralegal who embezzled over £200,000 from his employers has been handed down a custodial sentence of sixteen months, following his admission of the crime.  Callum Scott, a trainee paralegal with Aberdein Considine in Aberdeen, admitted the offence earlier...
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New Lord Advocate To Be Appointed
The First Minister has appointed Dorothy Bain QC to be the new Lord Advocate, succeeding James Wolffe QC. The appointment, which is subject to approval by the Scottish Parliament, comes after a year of intense scrutiny of the role, following the Alex Salmond prosecution...
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4% Increase In Hate Crime Charges Seen In Scotland
Figures released by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service have shown a slight increase in the number of people being charged with hate crimes, compared to 2019-20.  According to the figures, there were 5,525 instances of a person being charged with a hate crime...
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Solicitor Admits Embezzling Over £12,500
Louise Sutherland, a former solicitor employed by Graeme Murray & Co Solicitors in Aberdeen, has pled guilty to a charge of embezzlement before Aberdeen Sheriff Court.  The offence dates back to 2013, where it was discovered by the firm’s accountants that Ms...
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Concerns over Police Understanding Of Hate Crime, According To Watchdog
Concerns have been voiced by a prominent government watchdog over Police Scotland’s understanding of both the “nature and scale” of hate crime. A report released by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) illustrated a worrying combination of poor...
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High Court Hears Expert Witness Evidence Remotely For The First Time
The High Court in Glasgow has heard evidence from an expert witness who appeared virtually for the first time, in a move that has divided opinion in the legal community.  The evidence was led by the defence in a trial involving multiple charges of rape and assault to...
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Justice Of The Peace Courts to Reopen Across Scotland This Week
Justice of the Peace courts are to reopen across the country on Monday, in the latest loosening of coronavirus restrictions in Scotland.  The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service has announced that all JP court business will resume from Monday 7th June, following a...
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Accusations of Yet Another Malicious Prosecution Levelled at Crown Office
The Crown Office has been forced to defend itself once again from allegations that It carried out a malicious prosecution against the head of a cheque cashing business in 2019. Eddie Ramsay, 73, claims that the case against him, which involved police raiding his home and...
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Scottish Government Launch £500,000 Fund to Protect Places of Worship from Hate Crimes
The Scottish Government has announced it is to dedicate half-a-million pounds to fight the rise in hate crimes directed towards places of worship.  The Hate Crime Security Fund, developed by the Government and Police Scotland, is now open for applications from faith...
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