Covid-19: Crown Office records 3,400 care home deaths

The Crown Office has published data on the Covid deaths in care homes that have been reported to it.

Published 19 April 2021

Stay local from 2 April

People across Scotland can make non-essential journeys in their local authority area from Friday 2 April when a requirement to Stay Local will replace the Stay at Home rule.

Published 31 March 2021

Dismay grows over failure of Covid-19 resilience fund for lawyers

The resilience fund set up to support legal practitioners during the Covid-19 pandemic is failing to deliver, Glasgow Bar Association (GBA) has warned.

Published 24 March 2021

Covid-19: Holyrood inquiry calls for plan to protect disproportionately affected groups

A parliamentary inquiry into the impact of Covid-19 on human rights has called on the Scottish government’s recovery plan to ensure that those people who have already experienced disproportionately negative effects as a result of the coronavirus crisis do not suffer further.

Published 2 March 2021

UK government’s 10-year jail threat for quarantine flouters ‘utterly ridiculous’ abuse of power

The UK government has been accused of an “utterly ridiculous” abuse of power for threatening to impose jail sentences of 10 years on travellers who break quarantine rules.

Published 11 February 2021

England: One third of coronavirus prosecutions incompetent

Almost one third of prosecutions made under emergency coronavirus laws have been brought incompetently, leading to hundreds of cases being dropped.

Published 8 February 2021

SCTS: Covid-19 arrangements in court and tribunal buildings

Eric McQueen, chief executive of the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS), has written to bar associations in response to a letter raising concerns about the implementation of Covid-19 protections in court and tribunal buildings. We reproduce his letter in full below.

Published 29 January 2021

Unpaid work element of existing community payback orders to be reduced by a third

The unpaid work element of community payback orders (CPOs) will be slashed by more than a third in most cases in order to ease pressure on local authorities during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Published 29 January 2021

Mandy Laurie: No vaccine, no entry to the workplace?

Mandy Laurie of Burness Paull explores whether employers can force employees to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.

Published 28 January 2021

Jodi Gordon: The courts are getting there virtually

Jodi Gordon, partner at Road Traffic Accident Law (Scotland) LLP, comments on the development of remote hearings during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Published 25 January 2021

Dr Anne Sammon: Can UK employers require staff to be vaccinated?

Whether UK employers require staff to be vaccinated is a question that has been doing the rounds since the Pfizer vaccine became available. My experience is that clients start the discussion thinking that they might want to mandate, or very actively encourage employees to be vaccinated, but having had legal advice tend to back-track and decide that actually they will probably remain agnostic.

Published 22 January 2021

Seven staff at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court self-isolate

Seven members of staff at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court are self-isolating after testing positive for Covid-19.

Published 24 December 2020

China: Lawyer detained for exposing scale of coronavirus given feeding tube

A former lawyer detained for more than six months because she reported on the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan has been given a feeding tube so she can be force-fed after going on a hunger strike.

Published 11 December 2020

London logjam brings justice to a standstill

Nearly a quarter of a million people are waiting for their court cases to be heard in London, new figures show.

Published 7 December 2020

Scottish General Election (Coronavirus) Bill introduced at Holyrood

A new bill to allow arrangements to be put in place for the Scottish general election in response to Covid-19 has been introduced at Holyrood.

Published 17 November 2020