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Courts to be opened up to TV cameras and Twitter

A judge-led group appointed by the lord president Lord Gill to review the current policy on the recording and broadcasting of proceedings and the use of live text-based communications from Scottish courts has recommended that live broadcasting of certain court cases should be permitted as well the use of Twitter.

Published 28 January 2015

Council’s claim for £4.5m to pay for Scottish Coal site restoration works was valid, judge rules

A local authority’s claim for £4.5 million to pay for the restoration of sites following the collapse of Scottish Coal is valid, a judge in the Court of Session has ruled, after dismissing arguments by the cautioner that the demand for payment did not trigger liability.

Published 28 January 2015

Family lawyers to meet in Edinburgh this weekend

Distinguished figures in the field of family law will converge on Edinburgh from throughout the UK and Ireland for a major conference this weekend.

Published 27 January 2015

Harper Macleod partner Paula Skinner named in UK’s Hot 100 lawyers

Paula Skinner, a partner in the corporate team at Harper Macleod, has been named as one of the UK’s standout lawyers by a legal publication.

Published 27 January 2015

Human rights conference call for papers

Published 27 January 2015

Mass surveillance endangers human rights says CoE assembly

A Council of Europe body has said mass surveillance fundamentally threatens human rights and violates privacy rights enshrined in European law.

Published 27 January 2015

Plans to give communities greater land purchasing powers require close scrutiny

The Scottish government’s plans to give communities across Scotland greater access to purchase land for the benefit of local people must be scrutinised closely the Scottish parliament’s Rural affairs, climate change and environment committee has said.

Published 27 January 2015

Arrests down 25 per cent before court strike action

Lawyers have claimed the number of arrests in Glasgow and Edinburgh were down by around 25 per cent before court staff went on strike yesterday.

Published 27 January 2015

Sheriff refuses housing association’s bid to evict cannabis-growing tenant

A tenant who was caught growing cannabis in his flat but had an “otherwise unblemished record” will not be evicted after a sheriff refused the housing association’s attempt to recover possession of the property.

Published 27 January 2015

England: CPS asks for between £25m and £50m in the wake of unprecedented caseload

An increase in complicated sex abuse cases in the wake of high profile celebrity scandals has left a gap of £50 million in the Crown Prosecution Service(CPS) according to its director.

Published 26 January 2015

SLAB moves office from Drumsheugh Gardens to Haymarket

The Scottish Legal Aid Board (SLAB) has moved to offices in Thistle House at Haymarket from the premises it occupied in Drumsheugh Gardens for nearly 30 years.

Published 26 January 2015

Blog: Twitter use can leave firms a-flutter

Alan Delaney (pictured) discusses the importance of clear social media guidelines for employees following a recent EAT decision.

Published 26 January 2015

Scottish hotel owners appeal to Supreme Court in bid to reveal identities of reviewers

The owners of a hotel in the Highlands are to take their fight to have the identities of anonymous reviewers revealed to the UK Supreme Court.

Published 26 January 2015