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Watchdog warns of potential surge in hate crime after Brexit south of the border

A watchdog has warned that police must shore up failings in their response to hate crime ahead of a ...

Published 20 July 2018

Report shows decline in racial crime but uptick in sexual orientation and disability offences

James Wolffe QC New figures published today for 2017-18 show that 3,249 race crime charges were ...

Published 15 June 2018

Opinion: Blasphemy, human rights and a very naughty boy

Fraser Sutherland Fraser Sutherland, campaigns manager at Humanist Society Scotland, calls for ...

Published 7 June 2018

Employment tribunal claimants can raise parallel proceedings for diligence on the dependence, judge rules

A woman awaiting a £75,000 payout following a successful employment tribunal case against her ...

Published 4 June 2018

Denmark joins European countries in 'burqa ban'

Denmark has joined other European countries in banning garments that cover the face, including the b ...

Published 1 June 2018

Lord Bracadale's hate crime report recommends new statutory aggravations for gender and age

Lord Bracadale There should be new statutory aggravations in relation to gender and age as prot ...

Published 31 May 2018

Faculty of Advocates reveals 'Fair Instructions Policy'

The Faculty of Advocates has announced a new "Fair Instructions Policy", putting robust systems in p ...

Published 8 February 2018

Catholic Church in Scotland calls for conscientious objection to abortion to be enshrined in law

Baroness O’Loan The Catholic Church in Scotland has called for legislation in Scotland recognisin ...

Published 31 January 2018

Auld acquaintance

Robert Burns Robert Burns found his friendship with Writer to the Signet Robert Ainslie to be "almo ...

Published 25 January 2018

Letter: Woman in a man's world

Margaret Hall CBE Following the news that Ethel Houston OBE passed away last month, her friend and ...

Published 18 December 2017

Faculty: Case for specific hate crime law not made out

The Faculty of Advocates is not convinced that specific hate crime legislation is required in Scotla ...

Published 30 November 2017

Landmark UK surveillance case to be heard in Strasbourg today

The European Court of Human Rights will hear a landmark case on surveillance today as part of a chal ...

Published 7 November 2017

Faculty: Greater protection for legal professional privilege needed in codes

Planned new guidelines on the use of covert surveillance in Scotland fail to give sufficient protect ...

Published 12 October 2017

Police Scotland: Football act repeal would not create 'insurmountable' problems 

Bernard Higgins If controversial football legislation is repealed, the issues it throws up will not ...

Published 29 August 2017