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Criminal justice reforms deliver ‘disunited kingdom' says new report

Five years on from the last general election, a major assessment by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies of criminal justice reforms has found that policy across the United Kingdom’s nations and regions is more divergent than ever.

Published 25 March 2015

Lord advocate and dean of Faculty give opposing views on protections for trafficking victims

Speaking before a Holyrood committee, the lord advocate, Frank Mulholland QC and James Wolffe QC, dean of the Faculty of Advocates gave opposing views on the creation of a statutory defence for trafficking victims who commit crimes.

Published 25 March 2015

Law Society and Faculty respond to Home Office consultation on interception of communications

The Law Society of Scotland and the Faculty of Advocates have responded to theHome Office's consultation on on an updated draft code of practice for the interception of communications, in particular to the protections afforded to the communications between lawyers and their clients.

Published 25 March 2015

Man who posed as woman online to extort money from victim jailed for a year

A man who posed as a woman on Facebook has been jailed  for a year following his attempt to extort money from someone who sent him naked photos.

Published 25 March 2015

‘Naked rambler’ refused permission to appeal to Grand Chamber

The European Court of Human Rights(ECtHR) has refused the “naked rambler” permission to appeal to the Grand Chamber.

Published 25 March 2015

Morton Fraser chairman honoured as Action for Children Scotland’s Woman of Influence 2015

Linda Urquhart OBE, chairman of Morton Fraser was named Action for Children Scotland's "Woman of Influence 2015" at an awards ceremony held on Sunday.

Published 25 March 2015

New legislation creating statutory duty to narrow educational ‘attainment’ gap launched

Efforts to boost educational outcomes are to be bolstered in law through the Education (Scotland) Bill.

Published 24 March 2015

Scots lawyer fined £2500 for acting in ‘back-to-back’ property transactions

A Scots lawyer who accepted instructions to act in a series of “obviously suspicious” property transactions has been found guilty of “professional misconduct”.

Published 24 March 2015

House of Lords report warns further devolution plans rushed through without consideration for UK constitution

A parliamentary report has warned proposals for additional powers to be transferred to Scotland were rushed through without sufficient consultation or consideration for their effect on the rest of the UK.

Published 24 March 2015

Lord advocate calls for UK to do more to help refugees

The lord advocate has said the UK should be doing more to help refugees who face persecution in their home countries.

Published 24 March 2015

Cash house sales over £500,000 up 20 per cent

The number of cash sales on houses worth over half a million pounds was up 19.6 per cent in 2014, according to figures from Registers of Scotland(RoS).

Published 24 March 2015

Over 100 police officers to be trained to tackle wildlife crime

A hundred more police officers are being trained to combat increasing levels of wildlife crime across Scotland.

Published 24 March 2015

Home secretary releases report on UK counter-terrorism strategy in 2014

A report setting out the progress made throughout 2014 to implement the UK government's counter-terrorism strategy has been published by the home secretary Theresa May.

Published 24 March 2015