New laws on regulating the Scottish legal sector can be strengthened further to better protect the public, the Law Society of Scotland has said. A majority of MSPs voted today to agree to the principles of the Regulation of Legal Services (Scotland) following the bill's stage one debate in the Scott
The number of criminal legal aid solicitors dropped from 1,459 in 2007 to 966, the Scottish Solicitors Bar Association (SSBA) has said as it warned the system was heading for collapse. The Scottish government's public spend on legal aid has declined by 45 per cent, allowing for inflation, over the p
The Scottish government’s 2024-25 budget continues its distorted and shortsighted approach to criminal justice, according to the Law Society of Scotland. The budget papers reveal an extra £22 million has been provided to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS), while the f
The Scottish Legal Aid Board has confirmed that as at 1 June 2023 there were 975 lawyers on the Criminal Legal Aid Register, following a freedom of information request by the Scottish Solicitors Bar Association (SSBA). Of those 975, however, 238 received no payment for criminal legal aid in the year
Criminal barristers in Northern Ireland are to stage a one-day strike on Friday 17 November 2023 in an escalating dispute over delays in legal aid payments. The local Criminal Bar Association (CBA) previously balloted members on a withdrawal of services in response to “unprecedented and worsen
Scotland's legal aid system "can't cope" with demand and there is a risk of a "total collapse of justice in Scotland", a senior criminal defence lawyer has said after being unable to find counsel for a serious High Court case. Ian Moir, partner at Moir and Sweeney Litigation, tweeted on Friday that
Aberdeen University's Main Faculty Moot Final will be held on 22 February at the Kings College Conference Centre at 6pm. The event promises an evening of intellectual engagement and networking opportunities, featuring Lord Woolman, Scott Styles and Dr Jonathan Ainslie. Following the moot, attendees
Aberdeen University Mooting Society has won the Lord Jones intervarsity mooting competition. The win marks the first time since 2017 that Aberdeen has reached the finals, and its first win since 2006.
Are the special measures that currently exist for those accused of crime in Scotland with learning difficulties & autism, adequate? Do criminal courts in Scotland take appropriate steps to ensure the effective participation of vulnerable accused individuals? Are lawyers, psychiatrists and psycho
The University of Aberdeen Law School has paid tribute to its former vice principal and head of faculty, the late Professor Philip Love CBE. Professor Love became a solicitor in 1963 before joining the university as professor of conveyancing and professional practice of law, during which time he ear
Edinburgh Law School’s Professor Burkhard Schafer is participating in a 10-month project led by the University of Strathclyde that aims to help researchers and their institutions make informed decisions on how they use generative AI. The project has received £100,000 in funding from REPH
Trump supporters have begun crowdfunding $355 million to cover a penalty imposed on the former president by a New York court — and have raised just over $1 million so far. Judge Arthur Engoron ordered Trump to pay the eye-watering $354.8m sum in damages after finding that he and his sons fraud
A priest has been arrested on suspicion of trafficking viagra and similar substances. The alleged pill-peddling priest from the western Spanish town of Don Benito was arrested along with his romantic partner, a man, on Monday following a months-long investigation, El País reports.
A man arrested for alleged public drunkenness was arrested again the very same day after allegedly drunk-driving to a police station to complain about it. Police in Ajax, Ontario said a 42-year-old was arrested for public intoxication early yesterday morning and released into the care of his mother.
Hindu nationalists are suing a zoo to prevent a lioness named after a Hindu deity from sharing an enclosure with a lion named after one of India's Muslim emperors. Sita – named after an avatar of Lakshmi, one of the principal goddesses of Hinduism – is reportedly sharing an enclosure in
A gang of elderly alleged robbers with a 70-year-old ringleader has been apprehended, according to police in Italy. The six suspects include a 75-year-old lookout, while two youngsters in their early 50s bring the average age down to the mid-60s, The Guardian reports.