Judges will need to look at claims jurors have unlawfully searched for information on their trials online under new laws that have come into force. New criminal offences of researching details of a case, sharing these details and disclosing details of jurors’ deliberations online have been created
A woman who was fined £1,000 after being found guilty of a “racially aggravated offence” has had her sentence quashed after appeal judges said they had “difficulty” in comprehending why she was prosecuted in the first place. The Criminal Appeal Court admonished the appellant after observing
A 20 million euro plan to double the number of judges in the European Court of Justice (ECJ) is set to go ahead despite the court itself opposing the plan. The UK, which is opposed to the planned increase, is likely to be outvoted on the decision when Europe ministers meet next month.
The solicitor general, Lesley Thomson QC (pictured), has said the fatal accident inquiry (FAI) into the Glasgow bin lorry crash will look at the driver’s background, technical aspects of the vehicle itself and the safety of the route taken by the lorry. Six died and four were injured in the incide
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange (pictured) is to address a conference of lawyers in Glasgow via video link from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London this week. Mr Assange, who has spent the past 34 months in the embassy building after he claimed asylum, is to discuss how mass data gathering infringes p
The former editor of defunct newspaper News of the World is to stand trial in Scotland next month on a charge of perjury. Andy Coulson, 47, was due to appear at the High Court in Edinburgh next week but at a preliminary hearing a judge set a new date of May 11 for the trial.
The auction house Christie’s has removed over £1.2 million worth of ancient artefacts after an academic from a Scottish university identified them as being linked to criminal networks in Europe The Scotsman reports. Dr Christos Tsirogiannis (pictured), a research assistant at the University of Gl
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has fined Glasgow-based Clydesdale Bank £20,678,300 for serious failings in its Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) complaint handling processes between May 2011 and July 2013. It is the largest ever fine imposed by the FCA for failings relating to PPI and Clyde
A divorced father-of-two who was sequestrated after failing to meet his maintenance commitments towards his ex-wife and children has had a petition for suspension of a charge for payment and interdict refused. Crawford Hill argued that payments he made to his former wife Sally-Anne Hunter following
Scotland is poised to carry out a record number of extraditions as the UK gains access to a list of Europe’s most wanted criminals. When a new EU crime database goes live today police and prosecutors intend to send people back overseas to be dealt with in their own countries as well as get more Sc
The UK government’s former chief drug adviser has called on Scotland to legalise ecstasy and cannabis as medicines. Professor David Nutt (pictured), Edmond J Safra chairman in neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London, was sacked by the last Labour government for saying some drugs were le