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COVID-19: New court arrangements in place

All Sheriff Court business has been consolidated into 10 courts across Scotland.

Published 25 March 2020

Criminal Appeal Court upholds firearms convictions after rejecting ‘hearsay’ claim

Two men found guilty of firearms offences have failed in an appeal against their convictions.

Published 25 March 2020

Editorial: On your side in dark days

As we enter the darkest days we have faced since World War Two, the thoughts of the team at Scottish Legal News are with our readers and their families – but also with the many law firms which have only recently recovered from the crash of 2008 and its consequences. They now face an even greater challenge and not just in the immediate short term. 

Published 25 March 2020

COVID-19: Scottish government to ban all evictions for six months

Emergency coronavirus legislation will include a six-month ban on evictions from social and private rented sector accommodation, the Scottish government has announced.

Published 25 March 2020

Kelly Fraser: What RSLs need to know about coronavirus and data protection

All organisations across the world are facing challenges as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and Kelly Fraser says many Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) will be concerned about what this means for their day-to-day operations.

Published 25 March 2020

COVID-19: Registers of Scotland must find 'sensible solution' following suspension of activity 

Registers of Scotland (RoS) has been encouraged to find a "sensible solution" to completing applications to register title to land after the Keeper suspended all activity in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 25 March 2020

BTO offers free will consultation

BTO’s wills and estates team is offering a free 20-minute consultation and dedicated helpline to help people put their affairs in order in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 25 March 2020

COVID-19: Counsel may appear in criminal courts without instructing agent

A policy allowing counsel to appear in civil courts without an instructing agent has been extended to the criminal courts.

Published 25 March 2020

Blog: First Scottish Electronic Communications Code decision highlights telecommunications operators' advantage

The first Scottish court decision on the Electronic Communications Code, which was introduced to the UK under the Digital Economy Act 2017, has been issued. It highlights the increase in power that telecommunications operators are now enjoying, write Gareth Hale and Sarah Peock.

Published 25 March 2020

In pictures... 'Self isewlation'

Seonaid Stevenson-McCabe, lecturer in law at Glasgow Caledonian University, tweeted the above cross-stitch of US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg – and sharp-eyed readers will see it is not her first.

Published 25 March 2020

COVID-19: Diploma applications should be submitted online

Universities providing the diploma in professional legal practice are advising all final-year LLB students to submit their completed diploma applications by email, rather than post.

Published 25 March 2020

Egypt: Prosecutors and judges 'turning blind eye' to torture of children as young as 12

Egyptian prosecutors and judges are turning a blind eye to children as young as 12 being arrested, forcibly disappeared and tortured, human rights campaigners have said.

Published 25 March 2020

And finally... family at war

A lawyer has been left with a £350,000 bill after losing a legal battle with his sisters over the estate of their late father, an esteemed judge.

Published 25 March 2020

Woman’s drugs conviction quashed over ‘unfair’ police questioning

A woman found guilty of being concerned in the supplying of heroin and speed after the drugs were found during a police search of her home has had her conviction quashed following an appeal.

Published 24 March 2020

CMA recommends independent regulation of legal services in Scotland

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has recommended that an independent body regulate legal services in Scotland.

Published 24 March 2020