Case archive



Legal advice need not be incorrect or negligent to be inadequate, appeal court rules

A Scottish lawyer who was ordered to pay compensation to clients after he was found to have provided an “inadequate professional service” in relation to the advice he gave following their purchase of a house has had an appeal against the complaints body’s finding refused.

Court of Session Inner House 18 August 2015

Cross-examination of sexual assault complainer ‘should not extend to witness intimidation’ – Lord Justice Clerk

The right to cross-examination of an alleged sexual assault victim “does not extend to insulting or intimidating a witness” and trial judges should intervene where questioning “strays beyond proper bounds”, the Lord Justice Clerk has said.

High Court of Justiciary 14 August 2015

Relatives of Lockerbie victims do not have ‘legitimate interest’ in pursuing appeal - Criminal Appeal Court publishes opinion

The Criminal Appeal Court has published its opinion following the refusal of an application by relatives of Lockerbie bombing victims who were seeking to pursue an appeal on behalf of the man convicted of the atrocity in which 270 people were killed.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 13 August 2015

Scots lawyer who had sexual relationship with client found guilty of professional misconduct

A Scottish solicitor who entered into a sexual relationship with a “vulnerable” client has been found guilty of professional misconduct.

12 August 2015

Man admits murder of Irish student Karen Buckley

The man charged with the murder of Irish student Karen Buckley pleaded guilty at the High Court in Glasgow yesterday.

12 August 2015

Man convicted of assault and robbery and dangerous driving wins appeal against ‘incompetent’ extended sentence

A man who was convicted of a number of offences including robbery and dangerous driving after he assaulted a woman and stole her car has successfully challenged a sheriff’s decision to impose an extended sentence.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 11 August 2015

Married sportsman granted injunction to prevent newspaper publishing story about affair

A “prominent” professional sportsman has been granted an injunction preventing a newspaper publishing a “kiss and tell” story about a sexual relationship he had with another woman before he was married.

10 August 2015

Knock-out blow for Scott Harrison as appeal court upholds sheriff’s order for boxer’s extradition

Former boxer Scott Harrison is to be extradited to Spain to serve a prison sentence for two assault convictions after a sheriff granted a warrant sought by the Lord Advocate.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 7 August 2015

Testamentary writing purporting to gift house to grandson not enforceable against executor, judge rules

A man who claimed that his late grandmother had promised to gift him her house in a testamentary writing has had an action for conveyance of the property against the executor of the estate dismissed.

Court of Session Outer House 5 August 2015

Killer who claimed human rights breach over lack of access to rehabilitation courses has damages appeal refused

A man convicted of culpable homicide who claimed he had not been given access to certain rehabilitative courses while in prison has had an action for damages refused by appeal judges.

Court of Session Inner House 4 August 2015

Father convicted of harassing estranged wife wins appeal against order preventing contact with his children

A father-of-three who was convicted of a statutory breach of the peace after threatening his estranged wife has successfully challenged a sheriff’s decision to impose a non-harassment order in relation to his children.

High Court of Justiciary 30 July 2015

Supreme Court rules convicted terrorists illegally held in solitary confinement

Two men convicted on terrorism charges were illegally held in solitary confinement for lengthy periods the Supreme Court has ruled.

UK Supreme Court 30 July 2015

‘Mutual corroboration’ could not be applied in case of uncle accused of sexually abusing niece and nephew

A man accused of sexually abusing his niece and nephew has been acquitted after a judge upheld a “no case to answer” submission.

High Court of Justiciary 29 July 2015

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