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Rights watch

A round-up of human rights stories from around the world.

Published 13 September 2019

And finally... for whom the cowbell tolls

Police are looking for thieves who stole bells from grazing cows in the Austrian mountains.

Published 13 September 2019

High Court in London issues full reasons for rejecting legal challenge against prorogation of Parliament

The High Court in London has issued its full reasons for rejecting a legal challenge against the decision to suspend business in the UK Parliament for five weeks in the run-up to “Brexit”.

Published 12 September 2019

Downing Street forced to back down after questioning impartiality of Scottish judiciary

Downing Street was yesterday forced to repudiate comments made by a Number 10 insider questioning the impartiality of Scotland's judiciary in the wake of the Inner House's judgment in Cherry.

Published 12 September 2019

Academic warns Constitutional Court is being created without democratic oversight

The High Court bench that heard the Miller case against prorogation was essentially a constitutional court, formed without any democratic debate, an academic has said.

Published 12 September 2019

A tale of the SLCC and its determination levy, by Johnston Clark

After 35 years last month in the profession, 20 of them spent in senior management positions, including client relations manager, in a large firm practising in the higher risk areas of executries, litigation, family and residential conveyancing, I thought it would take more than a determination from the SLCC, a levy, and what they spent the money on, to upset me. However, despite my natural reluctance to air laundry in public, I need to bring my story to the attention of the profession. I doubt it will appear as ‘Johnston’s story’ in the ‘case studies’ on the SLCC website.

Published 12 September 2019

Police failed to send help to assault victim who ultimately required reconstructive surgery

Police failed to send help to a man who was assaulted three times, and who eventually required facial reconstructive surgery, despite receiving multiple 999 calls.

Published 12 September 2019

First digital evidence hearing in Scotland takes place

The first digital evidential hearing in a simple procedure case took place last month in Aberdeen Sheriff Court.

Published 12 September 2019

New financial penalty to be imposed on criminals to fund victim support

Offenders will be required to contribute to the cost of supporting victims of crime from November.

Published 12 September 2019

House sales rose 4.6 per cent in spring

The latest Registers of Scotland (ROS) quarterly report revealed that between April and June 2019, the number of residential properties sold in Scotland was up by 4.6 per cent compared to the same period last year.

Published 12 September 2019

And finally... precarious liability

A court has ruled that an employee who died engaged in amorous congress while on a business trip was the victim of a workplace accident.

Published 12 September 2019

Inner House's 'remarkable' judgment on prorogation could have long-lasting constitutional implications

It is "as if the prorogation order had never existed" following this morning's judgment from the Inner House of the Court of Session in Cherry – a "remarkable" case that could have "lasting implications for our constitution, for the reviewability of major prerogative powers and for the courts themselves", legal experts have told Scottish Legal News.

Published 11 September 2019

SLCC poll finds majority of public oppose Law Society's regulatory function

The majority of the public do not think an organisation should both regulate lawyers and represent them, according to a poll commissioned by the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (SLCC).

Published 11 September 2019

Coulters Lettings finds a new home with Gilson Gray

Gilson Gray has expanded with the takeover of Coulters Lettings.

Published 11 September 2019

EU Commission accused of adopting fascist rhetoric

The EU Commission has been accused of adopting “fascist” rhetoric after it created a new post of “Commissioner for Protecting our European Way of Life” to oversee immigration policy.

Published 11 September 2019