The Lord President, the Lord Lyon and a constitutional law expert are among the newest fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. The 2020 fellows "comprise leading thinkers and experts from Scotland and around the world".
Sheriffs, summary sheriffs and lawyers at Glasgow Sheriff Court are to stop routinely wearing wigs and gowns in civil proceedings. Practitioners should hang up their court dress from March 2, a practice note from the Sheriffdom of Glasgow and Strathkelvin states.
A justice of the Supreme Court has hinted that the judiciary will not willingly cede any independence in a remark made during the swearing-in of Lord Hodge as deputy president of the court. Delivering some introductory words at the ceremony, Lord Wilson said it would be for Lord Hodge and Lord Reed,
The Scottish government has said legal aid is functioning well and that "any suggestion to the contrary is untrue" amid a warning that the tide of lawyers leaving the profession makes its collapse imminent. Robert More, of More and Co, said responsibility for the collapse of the system will fal
The UK's refusal to allow the inhabitants of the Chagos Islands to return to their homeland is a crime against humanity, an eminent international lawyer speaking in Edinburgh has said. Philippe Sands QC criticised Britain's failure to abide by a judgment of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) w
The Scottish Legal Aid Board (SLAB) could be liable for as much as £10 million following a landmark decision at Edinburgh Sheriff Court this week in a case that may prove to be one of 'PPI for lawyers' and could lead to an avalanche of late payment claims from Scottish solicitors.
A survey conducted by Scottish Legal News has found that a majority of lawyers favour the use of court dress after a practice note from the Lord President this week precipitated a debate on the wearing of wigs and robes/gowns.
Judges are to dispense with wigs and robes in a decision that has been criticised as unwise given Scotland's "past-oriented, uncodified, system of law". Judges sitting in the Outer House of the Court of Session will stop wearing wigs and robes from next month, except when presiding over a heari
Removing the not proven verdict from Scots law as it stands will increase the likelihood of miscarriages of justice, an academic has warned. Speaking to Scottish Legal News, David Lorimer, a PhD candidate at Aberdeen University who applies a quantitatively analytical approach to criminal law, said t
Lawyers have sounded a note of caution over making fundamental changes to criminal trials following the publication of a report into jury behaviour and the use of the ‘not proven’ verdict. John Scott QC told Scottish Legal News that the research commissioned by the Scottish government &l
A number of former judges have condemned the suggestion endorsed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson that judicial candidates be vetted by Parliament in a US-style process. The suggestion in the House of Commons last week by the Attorney General Geoffrey Cox QC that “there may very well need to be
It may be more difficult for women lawyers to reach the rank of Queen’s Counsel because of a bias against instructing them in the highest courts, Scotland’s most senior female judge has said. Lady Dorrian, the Lord Justice Clerk, said that appointments to Queen’s Counsel were broad
The Supreme Court's judgment handed down today upholds that of the Inner House to the effect that the advice of the Prime Minister given to the Queen to prorogue Parliament was unlawful, but does so on different grounds "calling upon what it takes to be fundamental constitutional principl
A special power of the Court of Session has been brought to bear on Prime Minister Boris Johnson personally and could allow the Clerk of Court to sign in his place – forcing him to extend Article 50. Dr Stephen Thomson, the leading authority on the nobile officium, which al