Case archive



Convicted rapist's petition to the nobile officium dismissed as incompetent

A convicted rapist's petition to the nobile officium of the Court of Session has been dismissed as incompetent on various grounds including the fact the decision from which it stemmed was reviewable by neither the Court of Session nor the High Court of Justiciary and that thenobile officium is not designed for the review of administrative bodies.

High Court of Justiciary 8 July 2015

ECtHR rules banking data is protected under the Convention

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has unanimously ruled that banking data, irrespective of whether it contains sensitive information, is protected under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) in a case in which San Marino judicial authorities seized the banking documents of four Italian nationals.

European Court of Human Rights 7 July 2015

Child-snatching parent loses appeal against abduction conviction but sentence imposed was ‘excessive’

A father who was jailed for two years after being found guilty of abducting his 11-year-old son has failed in an appeal against conviction but had his sentence reduced to one of nine months’ imprisonment.

High Court of Justiciary 3 July 2015

Petition for judicial review of appointment of QC as child abuse inquiry chair refused

A legal challenge over the appointment of Susan O’Brien QC to chair an inquiry into historic child abuse in Scotland has been refused by a judge in the Court of Session.

Court of Session Outer House 2 July 2015

Criminal Appeal Court sets out test for granting leave where ground of appeal has already been refused at sift

The Criminal Appeal Court has issued an opinion setting out the test for the granting of an application under section 107(8) of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995, where leave to argue the ground of appeal has already been refused leave at the “sift”.

High Court of Justiciary 1 July 2015

Prisoner who claimed Scottish Ministers failed to provide opportunities for rehabilitation fails in damages bid

in the CARE programme amounted to or resulted from a breach by the respondents of their duties.

Court of Session Outer House 25 June 2015

Summary cause action against solicitors’ firm for delivery of files was not incompetent, Sheriff Principal rules

An action for delivery of files and documents can be raised in the sheriff court by way of summary cause procedure, a Sheriff Principal has ruled.

24 June 2015

Judge grants order for disclosure of flight data recorder from Super Puma helicopter involved in North Sea crash

Scotland’s chief law officer has been granted a court order to recover the combined voice and flight data recorder from a Super Puma helicopter which crashed into the North Sea in 2013 and killed four of the passengers on board.

Court of Session Outer House 22 June 2015

Solicitor’s £4.25m claim against Duke of Buccleuch over return of da Vinci painting dismissed

A solicitor who was seeking £4.25 million from the owner of a stolen Leonardo da Vinci painting after helping to secure its return has had his claim dismissed by a judge in the Court of Session.

19 June 2015

No evidence to show ‘dalek’ was dangerous - judge dismisses supermarket employee’s personal injury claim

A supermarket worker who fell off a “dalek” as she was hanging clothing on a rack has had an action for £14,000 damages dismissed by a judge in the Court of Session.

18 June 2015

Law student who alleged university failed to deliver proper standard of tuition fails in ‘breach of contract’ claim

A law student who refused to pay his tuition fees after alleging that the university at which he was studying failed to deliver the standard of education and service he expected has had a “breach of contract” claim dismissed.

Court of Session Inner House 17 June 2015

Racehorse trainer injured when horse fell on him has damages claim refused

A racehorse trainer who was severely injured when a horse fell and landed on him during an exercise session has had an action for damages refused.

15 June 2015

Scots lawyer jailed for embezzling clients’ cash struck-off solicitors’ roll

A Scots lawyer who was jailed for embezzling thousands of pounds of clients’ money has been struck of the solicitors’ roll for professional misconduct.

11 June 2015

Transcript of Tommy Sheridan’s cross-examination of Andy Coulson ‘inadmissible’ at perjury trial due to ‘parliamentary privilege’

A transcript of a passage of Tommy Sheridan’s cross-examination of Andrew Coulson during the former MSP’s perjury trial was inadmissible in evidence at the trial of the ex-editor of the News of the World for allegedly making false statements under oath.

High Court of Justiciary 10 June 2015

US citizen jailed for assault wins appeal against custodial sentence

A trainee greenkeeper who was jailed for 21 months after being convicted of assaulting a university student following an argument in a pub has successfully challenged the sentence imposed by a sheriff.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 9 June 2015