Case archive



£10,000 damages claim over ‘unlawful’ refusal to release prisoner on home detention curfew dismissed 

A short-term prisoner who claimed that a decision not to release him on a home detention curfew licence breached his human rights has had an action for £10,000 damages dismissed.

Sheriff Court — 20 June 2019

Man accused of grooming girl online wins human rights challenge against extradition to USA

A man accused of inducing a 14-year-old American girl to send him naked pictures of herself and enticing her to carry out sexual acts over the internet will not be extradited from Scotland to the United States.

Sheriff Court — 4 June 2019

Student who witnessed aftermath of Glasgow bin lorry crash fails in damages claim for ‘mental harm’

A student who was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder following the Glasgow bin lorry crash has had a claim for damages refused.

Sheriff Court — 29 May 2019

Evidence obtained from ‘paedophile hunters’ inadmissible as conduct amounted to ‘fraud’

A man accused of “sexting” people he believed to be children has successfully challenged the Crown’s bid to lead evidence gathered by a pair of so-called “paedophile hunters”.

Sheriff Court — 24 May 2019

Simple procedure claim for delivery of £30,000 car dismissed as ‘incompetent’

A simple procedure claim cannot be combined with another action where the value exceeds £5,000, a sheriff has ruled.

Sheriff Court — 14 May 2019

Extradition to Poland would not breach right to a fair trial despite ‘breakdown in rule of law’, sheriff rules

A Polish national convicted of a series of offences and accused of other crimes in his home country who claimed that extradition to Poland would breach his human rights has had his legal challenge dismissed in a test case.

Sheriff Court — 7 May 2019

Kezia Dugdale successfully defends defamation action over pro-independence blogger’s ‘homophobic’ tweet

The former leader of the Scottish Labour Party who was accused of defamation over a newspaper article in which she described a social media comment published online by a pro-independence blogger as “homophobic” has successfully defended a legal action against her.

Sheriff Court — 18 April 2019

Man acquitted of rape found to have raped student following civil action

A former St Andrews university student who claimed she was raped by a man during a drunken night out has successfully sued him for £80,000 in damages after raising a civil action.

Sheriff Court — 8 October 2018

Man acquitted of rape found to have raped student following civil action

A former St Andrews university student who claimed she was raped by a man during a drunken night out has successfully sued him for £80,000 in damages after raising a civil action.

Sheriff Court — 8 October 2018

Abusive husband fails in financial claim in divorce action

A man who physically abused his wife and failed to contribute to the household finances or assist with raising the couple’s four children has had a claim for financial provision upon divorce rejected by a sheriff.

Sheriff Court — 20 March 2019

Montreal Convention: Settlement of action leaves law uncertain on recoverability of damages for psychiatric injury

A woman who sued an airline after claiming to have suffered both physical and psychiatric injuries following a crash which occurred while she was travelling on a bus from an aircraft to an airport terminal building has settled her case out of court.

Sheriff Court — 22 February 2019

Woman sues former partner for alleged rape and domestic abuse in landmark case

A woman who claims she was raped by a former partner and that she was the victim of domestic abuse is suing her ex-boyfriend for damages in a landmark legal case.

Sheriff Court — 7 February 2019

Motorcyclist who crashed into back of car which stopped for ‘no reason’ awarded damages

A motorcyclist who was injured after crashing into the back of a car which performed an unnecessary “emergency stop” has been awarded nearly £50,000 damages.

Sheriff Court — 23 January 2019

Half-sister of Clutha helicopter crash pilot refused permission to participate in fatal accident inquiry

The Sheriff Principal of Glasgow and Strathkelvin has published his reasons for refusing an application to participate in the fatal accident inquiry into the Clutha helicopter crash by the half-sister of the pilot who died in the disaster.

Sheriff Court — 30 November 2018

Personal Injury Court refuses health board’s bid to remit medical negligence case to Court of Session 

A Scottish health board which is being sued by a patient for £1.5 million has had an application to remit the clinical negligence claim against it to the Court of Session dismissed.

Sheriff Court — 1 November 2018