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Inner House refuses alleged fraudster’s extradition appeal

A Scottish man who is the subject of an extradition request by the US government has failed in his challenge of a sheriff’s decision to grant permission for the extradition to go ahead.

Published 5 June 2020

Law Society warns universities over diploma intake as record number of LLB students apply

The Law Society of Scotland has written to the six Scottish universities providing the diploma in professional legal practice to remind them of the importance of acting responsibly and considering likely demand for legal trainees next summer when setting course numbers as it emerged that there have been a record number of applications to study the diploma in the coming year.

Published 5 June 2020

Volume of trials scheduled rises by 14 per cent

The volume of trials scheduled in Scotland has risen by 14 per cent in a year.

Published 5 June 2020

Solicitor Steven Lilly struck off after lying to boxer over appeal

A Scots lawyer who lied to a former world champion boxer about his chances of a successful appeal while he was in prison has been struck off.

Published 5 June 2020

Holyrood committee calls on government to detail domestic abuse protections

A Holyrood committee has called on the Scottish government to set out the steps it is taking to ensure women and children at increased risk of domestic abuse during lockdown have access to the support services they need to escape violence.

Published 5 June 2020

Unified tribunal essential in creating a person-centred approach to mental health law

The creation of a new, unified tribunal empowered to look at a full range of remedies under mental health law would enable individuals’ cases to be dealt with in a prompt, holistic and person-centred way.

Published 5 June 2020

Lord Burrows sworn in as Supreme Court justice

Lord Burrows has been sworn in as a Supreme Court justice in a small ceremony in the court’s library. He recited the judicial oath in front of the court's president, Lord Reed. All the other justices tuned in to the session remotely.

Published 5 June 2020

Richard McMeeken: Reforming contract law to cope with COVID-19

Richard McMeeken details new proposals to deal with the contract law implications of the current crisis.

Published 5 June 2020

Face off: Barrister fined for making faces at judge

A barrister has been fined £1,000 for making faces at a judge and criticising one of her decisions as "insane".

Published 5 June 2020

England: Hijab-wearing woman appointed as district judge in legal first

A hijab-wearing Muslim woman has been appointed as a deputy district judge in a UK first.

Published 5 June 2020

Pinsent Masons rolls out Mindful Business Charter across Scottish offices

Pinsent Masons has rolled out the Mindful Business Charter across its Scottish offices as it ramps up efforts eradicate negative working practices that can negatively affect mental health and wellbeing.

Published 5 June 2020

Laurence Harris becomes chairman of Access to Justice Foundation

The Access to Justice Foundation has announced the appointment of Laurence Harris as chairman of its board of trustees. He will take over from out-going chair, Lord Goldsmith QC, who will step down at the end of 2020 after 12 years.

Published 5 June 2020

And finally... lockdown love

Divorces have risen sharply in Saudi Arabia during the coronavirus pandemic, apparently driven by women discovering that their husbands are secret polygamists.

Published 5 June 2020

High Court rejects appeal of man convicted in 'distressing' sexual assault trial

A man who was sentenced to 27 months’ imprisonment for sexually assaulting a woman has had his appeal against conviction refused by the Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary.

Published 4 June 2020

Attorney General Suella Braverman accused of undermining rule of law with Cummings tweet

The attorney general for England and Wales has been accused of undermining the "impartiality of her role and the rule of law" for defending Dominic Cummings on Twitter after it was revealed he had apparently breached the lockdown rules.

Published 4 June 2020