Case archive



Young motorist who caused serious injury by dangerous driving has ‘excessive’ custodial sentence reduced

A motorist who was jailed after being found guilty of causing “serious injury by dangerous driving” has had his custodial sentence reduced following an appeal.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 18 November 2019

Man accused of rape of sister and fiancée to face trial after Crown wins ‘mutual corroboration’ appeal

A man accused of rape and other historical child sexual offences against his sister as well as allegedly raping his former fiancée will face trial on the charges after prosecutors successfully challenged a judge’s decision to uphold a “no case to answer” submission.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 15 November 2019

Asylum seeker whose application was refused loses appeal against housing provider’s ‘unlawful’ lock-changing policy

A failed asylum seeker who claimed that it was “unlawful” for her housing provider to evict her from temporary accommodation by changing the locks to the property without first obtaining a court order has had her appeal dismissed.

Court of Session Inner House 14 November 2019

Man living with severely disabled partner wins Supreme Court case against paying 'bedroom tax'

A man living with his severely disabled partner in a two-bedroom council house should receive full housing benefit because applying the so-called "bedroom tax" breaches his human rights, the UK Supreme Court has ruled.

UK Supreme Court 14 November 2019

Lord Advocate wins appeal to prosecute man for murder despite accepting his guilty plea to assault

Scotland’s top law officer has successfully challenged a judge’s decision that the Crown was “barred” from prosecuting a man for murder, having previously accepted his guilty plea to a charge of assaulting the same man, who died almost five years later as a result of his injuries.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 13 November 2019

Supreme Court partially allows appeal of Liberian woman charged with torture offences

The Supreme Court has remitted the case of a Liberian woman who challenged various counts of torture made against her by reference to the interpretation of the term “person acting in an official capacity”.

UK Supreme Court 13 November 2019

St Andrews University entitled to bring trade mark infringement action against student gown seller in Scotland

Scotland’s oldest university will be able to pursue legal action in this jurisdiction against a company it has accused of infringing its trade marks in the sale of student gowns after a Court of Session judge rejected arguments by the London-based retailer that the case should be heard in England.

Court of Session Outer House 12 November 2019

Woman who murdered husband in ‘merciless attack’ has punishment part reduced on appeal

A woman who was jailed for life with a minimum of 25-and-a-half years after being found guilty of the murder of her husband has had the punishment part of her sentence reduced following an appeal.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 11 November 2019

Tax fraudster fails in appeal against proceeds of crime confiscation order 

A woman who was made the subject of a confiscation order under “proceeds of crime” legislation after being convicted of a £50,000 tax fraud has failed in an appeal against her sentence.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 8 November 2019

Vietnamese man who claimed he was human trafficking victim wins permission to appeal refusal of asylum application 

A Vietnamese asylum-seeker who claimed he was the victim of human trafficking and was a practising Catholic has successfully challenged a decision to refuse permission to appeal against a decision to reject his application.

Court of Session Outer House 7 November 2019

Judge rejects legal challenge against Lord Lyon’s decision to change wording of barony titles

A baroness who claimed that a decision by the Lord Lyon King of Arms to change the wording of the titles from “the baron of ...” to “holder of the barony of ...” breached an agreement she entered into with his predecessor in office has had a legal challenge against the decision dismissed. A judge in the Court of Session ruled that the relevant paragraphs in

Court of Session Outer House 6 November 2019

Bus driver wins appeal against dangerous driving conviction after appeal court views CCTV

A bus driver found guilty of dangerous driving after failing to leave a sufficient gap as he drove past a parked van and passing pedestrian has successfully appealed against his conviction.

Sheriff Appeal Court 5 November 2019

Rape accused’s attempt to question complainer about sado-masochistic sexual past rejected

A man accused of raping his former partner has failed in a legal bid to lead evidence to the effect that the complainer had been involved in sado-masochistic sexual conduct with another man before, during and after their relationship ended.

High Court of Justiciary 4 November 2019

Child guardian wins appeal against family judge’s ruling over ‘unjust’ and ‘wholly unsatisfactory’ handling of case

The guardian of a child who was made the subject of a care order has successfully challenged the decision after an appeal court ruled that the judge’s “wholly unsatisfactory” handling of the case amounted to “serious procedural irregularity”.

England and Wales High Court 1 November 2019

Rangers administrators’ £14 million damages claims against Lord Advocate for ‘malicious prosecution’ to proceed to full hearing

Two former administrators of Rangers Football Club Plc who are suing the Chief Constable of Police Scotland and the Lord Advocate for £14 million in damages over their alleged “wrongful arrest, detention and prosecution” have successfully challenged a decision that Scotland’s top law officer was “immune” from civil action.

Court of Session Inner House 31 October 2019