Case archive



Nurse who was struck off fails in bid to challenge decision after appeal was lodged late

A mental health nurse who was struck-off has had an application to appeal against the decision rejected because it was lodged six days after the expiry of the statutory time limit.

Court of Session Inner House — 12 June 2019

Newspapers fail in appeal against libel actions as serious harm test is satisfied

News publishers who appealed over articles defamatory of a man in respect of his behaviour towards his former wife have had their appeal dismissed by justices in the Supreme Court on the basis the “serious harm” test was satisfied.

UK Supreme Court — 12 June 2019

Rapist who claimed judge ‘misdirected’ the jury on consent loses appeal against conviction 

A man found guilty of two charges of rape who claimed that the trial judge “distracted” the jury by giving an “inappropriate and unnecessary” direction on the issue of reasonable belief of consent has had an appeal against his convicted rejected.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary — 11 June 2019

Scots lawyer wins appeal to have complaints dismissed as ‘totally without merit’ and ‘vexatious’ 

A solicitor who claimed that a series of complaints made against her should have been rejected as “totally without merit” or “vexatious” has successfully appealed against decisions by the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission to remit the claims to the Law Society of Scotland for investigation.

Court of Session Inner House — 10 June 2019

British citizen wins appeal against extradition to Taiwan

A British citizen wanted by authorities in Taiwan to serve a prison sentence after he was found guilty of negligent manslaughter following a drink-driving accident has successfully appealed against an order for his extradition.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary — 7 June 2019

Armed robber who claimed ‘miscarriage of justice’ over alleged misdirection loses appeal against conviction 

A man found guilty of an armed robbery committed while wearing a Mexican wrestling mask who claimed he suffered a “miscarriage of justice” as a result of the advocate depute’s speech to the jury on the forensic evidence has had his appeal against conviction rejected.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary — 6 June 2019

Criminal Appeal Court issues judgment on sentencing of ‘statutory child’

The Crown has successfully challenged the sentence of detention in a young offenders’ institution imposed on a 16-year-old boy convicted of sex offences.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary — 5 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

Motorist who claimed speeding prosecution notice signed by former police chief was ‘invalid’ fails in appeal

A motorist accused of speeding who claimed that a notice of intended prosecution was invalid because it bore a digital signature of the former chief constable has had his appeal rejected.

Sheriff Appeal Court — 3 June 2019

Murderer who claimed ‘miscarriage of justice’ over 999 call evidence loses appeal against conviction

A man found guilty of murder who claimed that the trial judge’s decision to refuse to allow part of a 999 call to be played in court, during which recording a voice could be heard saying words to the effect that one of his co-accused “did it”, has had an appeal against his conviction rejected.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary — 31 May 2019

Businessman fails in appeal against Scottish judge’s decision to enforce Hong Kong court ruling

A businessman who challenged a Scottish judge’s decision to grant a decree ordering him to conform to a Hong Kong High Court ruling that he make a payout to a former associate has had his appeal dismissed.

Court of Session Inner House — 30 May 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

Man found guilty of theft by housebreaking who claimed ‘no case to answer’ fails in appeal against conviction

A man found guilty of theft by housebreaking who claimed there was “insufficient evidence” that he was at the scene of the crime at the time of the offence has had an appeal against his conviction rejected.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary — 28 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

Appeal judges dismiss legal challenge against Scots law approving abortions at home

Campaigners who claimed that legislation allowing women to terminate pregnancies by taking abortion pills at home is “unlawful” have had their appeal rejected.

Court of Session Inner House — 23 May 2019