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Recipients Of Fiscal Fines Not Facing Punishment For Failure To Pay
Those in receipt of fiscal fines who refuse to make payment are not being punished, according to figures from the Scottish Conservatives. The figures show that in 2018/19, 39% of those who refused to pay went unpunished, and this figure rose to 40% in 2019/20. Figures...
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The Position Of The Vulnerable Accused At Trial In Scotland
Vulnerable individuals who find themselves in front of the Scottish Criminal Justice System may be eligible for support throughout the process.  The special measures available include the presence of a supporter whilst giving evidence, giving evidence via a video link...
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Reforming The Roles Of Lord Advocates And Solicitor General
Scott Styles recently discussed the reformation of the roles of Lord Advocate and Solicitor General.  The Lord Advocate carries out two roles. The Lord Advocate is head of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service and is minister of the Scottish government as its...
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Gang Member Convicted Of Attempted Murder Of Rival Has Sentence Reduced By The High Court
The High Court of Justiciary has reduced the sentence of a man convicted of the attempted murder of a rival gang member. The case was referred to the court by the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission.  The appellant, Dillin Armstrong, was given an extended sentence...
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High Court Refuses Appeal Against Conviction By Man Who Murdered Family Member Of Ex-Wife’s New Partner
The High Court of Justiciary has refused an appeal against conviction made by a man who was sentenced in 2019 to life imprisonment. Paul Smith was convicted for murdering the partner of his ex-wife's new boyfriend's mother.  It was argued that at trial the judge had...
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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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