Case archive

Andy Coulson acquitted of perjury after judge upholds ‘no case to answer’ submission

Andrew Coulson, the former editor of the defunct tabloid the News of the World, has been acquitted of perjury by a judge at the High Court in Edinburgh.

3 June 2015

Sheriff refuses Lord Advocate’s application to extradite Slovakian man to serve sentence for ‘joy-riding’

A Slovakian man wanted by authorities in his home country to serve a prison sentence for a “joy-riding” offence which occurred more than a decade ago will not be extradited.

2 June 2015

English Bridge Union granted judicial review of refusal to recognise card game as a ‘sport’

, aim at expressing or improving physical fitness and mental well-being, forming social relationships or obtaining results in competition at all levels”.

1 June 2015

Motorist jailed for nine years for causing death by dangerous driving has sentence reduced on appeal

A motorist who was sentenced to nine years imprisonment after pleading guilty to causing death by dangerous driving has had his custodial term reduced on appeal.

High Court of Justiciary 28 May 2015

Sapper caught growing cannabis at home wins appeal against ‘excessive’ sentence

A former “sapper” who was sentenced to three years imprisonment after being convicted of drugs-related offences has had his custodial reduced on appeal.

High Court of Justiciary 27 May 2015

Supreme Court upholds Inner House ruling on French-born children’s ‘habitual residence’ in Scotland

of those proceedings was a “wrongful retention” within the meaning of the Convention, on the basis that the children were “habitually resident” in France immediately before proceedings commenced.

26 May 2015

Minimum notification period of 15-years before review does not breach sex offenders’ human rights

The minimum period of 15 years which certain sex offenders subject to mandatory notification requirements must wait before seeking a review does not breach their human rights, appeal judges have ruled.

26 May 2015

Patient at psychiatric clinic who sought to challenge detention has judicial review petition dismissed

A patient at a psychiatric treatment facility who sought judicial review over the failure by the Scottish Government to draft and lay regulations to allow him to challenge the level of security of his detention has had his petition dismissed.

22 May 2015

Man who sought to publish book against wishes of ex-wife wins case at UK Supreme Court

A man who sought to a publish a book detailing the his life including details of severe physical and sexual abuse but whose first wife opposed its publication on the basis it would cause psychological harm to their child has won his appeal at the UK Supreme Court.

21 May 2015

Alleged drink-driver fails in bid to have case thrown out over court delays

A man charged with a number of contraventions of the Road Traffic Act 1988, including drink-driving and driving while disqualified, has failed in a bid to have the case against him dismissed over the delay in bringing him to trial.

21 May 2015

Christian-run bakery ‘unlawfully discriminated’ against gay man for refusing to make ‘gay cake’

The Christian directors of a bakery “unlawfully discriminated” against a gay man in refusing to accept his order for a “Bert and Ernie” cake bearing a caption supporting same-sex marriage.

20 May 2015

Prisoner to be awarded damages for use of ‘disproportionate’ restraint by G4S during hospital visits

A prisoner who claimed the restraint used by security officers to take him from jail to attend hospital appointments was “disproportionate” is to be awarded damages after a sheriff ruled the inmate’s human rights had been breached.

19 May 2015

Inner House dismisses appeal against windfarm application refusal

A company whose application for planning permission to develop a windfarm was refused has failed in an appeal against that decision.

Court of Session Inner House 18 May 2015

Criminal Appeal Court clarifies when a judge can reject plea in mitigation given without supporting evidence

The Criminal Appeal Court has issued an opinion clarifying the circumstances in which a sheriff can decline to accept the basis of a plea in mitigation in the absence of proof.

14 May 2015

Prison officer fails in damages claim for injury sustained during riot training exercise

A prison officer who was injured while taking part in a riot training exercise has had an action for damages refused.

13 May 2015