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The Scottish Solicitors’ Discipline Tribunal (SSDT) has released its annual report for the year ending 31 October 2014. Alistair Cockburn, chairman of the SSDT, said: “Details of the Tribunal’s workload over the past 12 months are set out in this report.

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Journalist John Forsyth examines Scotland's record on deaths in custody My curiosity was prodded into life by an article in the Guardian last autumn about the number of prisoners in England and Wales who had committed suicide in the preceding 20 months. 130 men and 4 women had taken their own lives.

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A diversity steering group has set out proposals to help overcome barriers to a judicial career in a report published today: Diversity Conference Report. The Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland (JABS) , in partnership with the Judicial Office for Scotland, the Law Society of Scotland and Facult

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Glasgow Sheriff Court held a small reception to celebrate the successful first year of a university mediation initiative. Since February 2014 the University of Strathclyde Mediation Clinic has provided a free mediation service to party litigants in the small claims court each Friday afternoon.

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Arnot Manderson duo Jonathan Mitchell QC (pictured right) and Catherine Smith (pictured below) have been appointed to a new panel of counsel for the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). The new appointments run from March 2015 for a period of four years.

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Two new members have been appointed to the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland (JABS). Deirdre Fulton is appointed as a lay member and Alistair Morris (pictured) as a legal member. The JABS was established by ministers in 2002 in order to create more open and accessible arrangements for judicia

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A legal challenge may be mounted by privacy campaigners against the Scottish government’s plans to create a “super ID database”. The Open Rights Group (ORG) has voiced concern that plans to open Scotland’s National Health Service Central Register (NHSCR) to hundreds of public bodies, among t

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A number of Scottish children have been trafficked into sex slavery, forced marriage, domestic servitude and other types of exploitation academics said in a submission to Holyrood’s justice committee. They said 60 children from Scotland have been reported to the authorities via the National Referr

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