Case archive



Challenge to definition of 'woman' in public boards legislation rejected by Outer House

A petition for judicial review of the legislative competence of parts of the Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Act 2018 brought by a private company has been rejected by a judge in the Outer House of the Court of Session.

Court of Session Outer House 25 March 2021

Outer House judge finds Edinburgh harbour developers not entitled to reconveyance of tram route from city council

A property development firm has failed to establish that it was entitled to a reconveyance of a tram line route sold to its predecessors in title that was subsequently re-acquired by the local authority that originally sold it under a compulsory purchase order.

Court of Session Outer House 23 March 2021

Man ordered to return television to neighbour wins appeal challenging sheriff’s unless order

The Civil Division of the Sheriff Appeal Court has remitted a claim made under Simple Procedure rules for the return of a television to its original owner back to the sheriff after it was ruled that he was not entitled to determine that its prospective purchaser had failed to comply with an unless order requiring him to respond to the claimant's assertions.

Sheriff Appeal Court 22 March 2021

High Court rules Crown entitled to libel English guilty plea in Scottish sexual assault trial

A Crown appeal concerning whether it was entitled to libel in a docket the occurrence of an accused’s sexual assault conviction in another jurisdiction has been allowed by the Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 19 March 2021

Edinburgh woman whose ex-partner forged signature on standard security succeeds in action for reduction

A woman whose ex-partner forged her signature on a standard security over her home in Edinburgh has successfully had the document reduced by Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

Sheriff Court 18 March 2021

High Court of Justiciary restores convictions of three men who wore IRA shirts to Celtic match

A Crown appeal against the Sheriff Appeal Court’s decision to quash the convictions of three men who wore allegedly offensive T-shirts to a football match between Celtic FC and Linfield FC has succeeded in the High Court of Justiciary.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 17 March 2021

Sheriff orders discharge of Albanian man wanted in Italy in connection with attempted murder conviction 

A sheriff has ordered the discharge under the Extradition Act 2003 of an Albanian national who had a European Arrest Warrant issued against him after he failed to attend a trial for attempted murder in Italy. 

Sheriff Court 16 March 2021

Crown appeal against lenient sentence of man who sexually assaulted niece upheld

An appeal by the Crown to the High Court of Justiciary against the sentencing of a man convicted of statutory sexual offences involving his niece, a child under the age of 13, has succeeded.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 15 March 2021

Outer House judge refuses to overturn expulsion of three members from historic Aberdeen porters’ society

A judge in the Outer House of the Court of Session has ruled that three former members of a centuries-old Aberdeen association who were expelled for an alleged rule breach were not immune to expulsion by virtue of a change in their membership status.

Court of Session Outer House 12 March 2021

Glasgow sheriff makes forced marriage protection order in respect of Indian student who fled to Scotland

A sheriff in Glasgow has made an order under the Forced Marriage etc. (Protection and Jurisdiction) (Scotland) Act 2011 in order to prevent the parents of an Indian student studying in the UK from attempting to force her into a marriage.

Sheriff Court 11 March 2021

English solicitor accused of ‘modern day grave robbing’ succeeds in breach of anti-defamation contract action

An English solicitor who was accused of committing international fraud by a professional photographer has succeeded in a claim for breach of contract against him.

England and Wales High Court 10 March 2021

Heriott-Watt University wins appeal in payment action against former distance-learning postgraduate student

The Civil Division of the Sheriff Appeal Court has allowed an appeal by an Edinburgh university after a sheriff dismissed its action for payment against a former postgraduate student dismissed for jurisdictional reasons.

Sheriff Appeal Court 9 March 2021

Six men who conspired to murder family lose appeal against conviction based on jury bias investigation

The High Court of Justiciary has refused six conjoined appeals against conviction by a group of men convicted of conspiring to murder a family in Glasgow.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 8 March 2021

Paisley man jailed for possession of disguised stun gun has sentence reduced

A man who was imprisoned for carrying a stun gun disguised as a mobile phone has been successful in challenging the length of his sentence in the Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 5 March 2021

Glasgow sheriff removes convicted rapist’s parental rights in respect of son and orders nil contact

A sheriff in Glasgow has removed the parental rights of a convicted rapist in respect of his son and determined that it would not be in the best interests of the child to have any form of contact with him while still allowing him to have letterbox contact with his daughter.

Sheriff Court 4 March 2021