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High Court Refuses Post-Conviction Appeals By Three Men Convicted of Abductions and Rape
The High Court of Justiciary has refused appeals by three men convicted of abduction and rape. Their cases were referred to the court by the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission.  Brian Meighan, David Pugh and Kevin Kane all received a custodial disposal of 6 years...
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Mobile Phone Data Extraction Practices Across The Criminal Justice System In The UK
Elizabeth Denham, the UK information Commissioner, recently discussed poor data protection practices and its impact upon society.  Mobile phones store a significant amount of sensitive and private information. This includes medical information, political beliefs,...
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Sheriff Appeal Court Finds Scottish Legal Aid Board Not Liable To Pay Statutory Interest On Overdue Account
The Sheriff Appeal Court has determined that the Scottish Legal Aid Board (SLAB) is under no obligation to pay statutory interest in circumstances where a legal aid account is overdue.  Ormistons Law Practice Ltd raised an action against SLAB seeking a declarator that...
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Sheriff Finds The Death Of North-East Prisoner From Drug Related Complications Not Reasonably Preventable
Sean Taggart, a prisoner at HMP Grampian, died on the 10th of March 2018 due to complications arising from the use of drugs and alcohol. A sheriff in Peterhead has determined that his death was not the result of an accident or failure by the prison staff.    The...
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Appeal Refused By Man Convicted Of Indecently Assaulting Foster Brother As A Teenager
John Deeney was convicted and sentenced to imprisonment for indecently assaulting his foster brother when he was a teenager. On appeal at the High Court of Justiciary Mr Deeney argued that the trial judge had misdirected the jury. The judge informed the jury that they could...
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High Court Approves New Sentencing Guidelines
New sentencing guidelines have been approved by the High Court of Justiciary, aimed at increasing public knowledge and understanding of sentencing in Scotland. The guidelines have been developed by the Scottish Sentencing Council and set out an eight-step guide courts...
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Crown Office Faces New Allegation Of Malicious Prosecution
A new allegation of malicious prosecution has been made against the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.  The allegation comes from Mark Hirst, who was acquitted in January 2021 of an offence following comments he made in in a vlog upon former First Minister Alex...
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Justice Secretary Promises Sex Cases Reform To Raise Conviction Rates
Scotland’s justice secretary, Keith Brown, has said he will “not shrink away” from reforms aimed at increasing the conviction rate in sex cases. Mr Brown, who was appointed as justice secretary in May 2021, made comments following a recent visit to The Meadows centre...
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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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