Case archive



Man convicted of public indecency loses appeal against registration as sex offender

A man who pled guilty to charge of common law public indecency after a woman performed a sex act on him on the back seat of a bus has failed in a challenge to a sheriff’s ruling to place him on the sex offenders register.

High Court of Justiciary 28 July 2015

Terrorism Act questioning and search did not breach individual’s human rights, UK Supreme Court rules

A woman who was stopped and searched by police as she passed through a UK airport on returning from visiting her husband in Paris, a French national in custody on terrorism offences, has failed in a human rights challenge against her conviction for failing to answer questions which sought to establish whether she was involved in terrorist acts.

UK Supreme Court 24 July 2015

Solicitor successfully sues former firm for share of ‘net profits’ following dispute over partnership agreement

A solicitor has successfully sued his former firm for his share of “net profits” after a sheriff principal refused an appeal by his ex-partners following a dispute over the terms of the partnership agreement.

23 July 2015

Ryanair refused permission to appeal to Supreme Court over Aer Lingus divestiture order

The UK Supreme Court has refused an application by a budget airline to challenge a Court of Appeal ruling in a case relating to a dispute over its minority stake in a another carrier.

England and Wales Court of Appeal 21 July 2015

Judges pour cold water over firefighter’s appeal against wilful fire-raising conviction

A part-time firefighter who was found guilty of wilful fire-raising but claimed that a “miscarriage of justice” had occurred has failed in an appeal against conviction.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 20 July 2015

Nurse who settled personal injury claim granted motion for certification of skilled persons despite opposition

A nurse who reached an out-of-court settlement after suing a health board following an accident at work has been granted a motion which means her former employers will bear the expenses for five expert witnesses who were instructed during her preparation of the action.

17 July 2015

Man’s conviction for electricity theft overturned as police entered property without warrant

A man found guilty of stealing electricity has seen his conviction overturned because police officers failed to secure a warrant before searching his home.

High Court of Justiciary 15 July 2015

Pensioner who crashed into motorcyclists fails in ‘automatism’ appeal

A pensioner who was banned from driving for 10 years after he seriously injured two motorcyclists in a road traffic accident while driving himself to a hospital has failed in an appeal against his conviction.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 13 July 2015

Woman fails in judicial review over decision not to grant her leave to remain in UK

of the expiration of her grant of leave to remain in July 2013 the petitioner made another application for permission to stay for longer than a year based on her article 8 rights, which she said were stronger because of her increased integration into her family life in Glasgow. She had recovered from her cancer by this time.

Court of Session Outer House 9 July 2015

Slot machine company fails in appeal to UKSC over VAT-exemption for winnings

A slot machine company has failed in its appeal to the UK Supreme Court against a decision of the Court of Appeal that the winnings from its machines were subject to taxation as they were deemed to be “gaming machines”.

UK Supreme Court 9 July 2015

Convicted rapist's petition to the nobile officium dismissed as incompetent

A convicted rapist's petition to the nobile officium of the Court of Session has been dismissed as incompetent on various grounds including the fact the decision from which it stemmed was reviewable by neither the Court of Session nor the High Court of Justiciary and that thenobile officium is not designed for the review of administrative bodies.

High Court of Justiciary 8 July 2015

ECtHR rules banking data is protected under the Convention

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has unanimously ruled that banking data, irrespective of whether it contains sensitive information, is protected under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) in a case in which San Marino judicial authorities seized the banking documents of four Italian nationals.

European Court of Human Rights 7 July 2015

Child-snatching parent loses appeal against abduction conviction but sentence imposed was ‘excessive’

A father who was jailed for two years after being found guilty of abducting his 11-year-old son has failed in an appeal against conviction but had his sentence reduced to one of nine months’ imprisonment.

High Court of Justiciary 3 July 2015

Petition for judicial review of appointment of QC as child abuse inquiry chair refused

A legal challenge over the appointment of Susan O’Brien QC to chair an inquiry into historic child abuse in Scotland has been refused by a judge in the Court of Session.

Court of Session Outer House 2 July 2015

Criminal Appeal Court sets out test for granting leave where ground of appeal has already been refused at sift

The Criminal Appeal Court has issued an opinion setting out the test for the granting of an application under section 107(8) of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995, where leave to argue the ground of appeal has already been refused leave at the “sift”.

High Court of Justiciary 1 July 2015