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The Law Society of Scotland has given broad support for proposed changes to bail and release from custody arrangements, but remains deeply concerned at the high number of accused people being held on remand when charged but not convicted of a crime. The society recently submitted its response on the

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A Council of Europe body has called on France to introduce a system of recording of “stop and account” by law enforcement officials and, as regards Travellers, to recognise caravans as a type of housing. In a new report, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), has

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The vast majority of complaints about councillors and members of devolved public bodies in Scotland concern allegations of disrespect, bullying and harassment, according to the annual report of the Standards Commission for Scotland. In a year where the conduct of politicians has been under the spotl

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Forfar Sheriff Court has dismissed part of a claim by County Travel Buses for damages for allegedly wrongful cancellation of school-bus contracts. The pursuer had three-year contracts for school routes for Angus Council which were cancelled by the local authority during the second year. The grounds

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A man who filmed himself making violent threats while dressed as the Batman villain Joker has been banned from wearing fancy dress. Jeremy Garnier, 51, pleaded guilty to making a terrorist threat – but insists that he had been "in character" and had not intended to threaten anyone.

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Professor Alan Miller will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Scottish Legal Awards on Thursday. Professor Miller is an expert in human rights law and has four decades of experience as a human rights practitioner, including being unanimously elected by the Scottish Parliament to an eight-

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Since 1973 and the introduction of the Prescription and Limitation (Scotland) Act, the law governing time limits for bringing claims has remained unchanged, despite many judgments which have highlighted ambiguities in the existing legislation. The Scots law of prescription, which is also referred to

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The parents of Madeleine McCann have lost a case at the European Court of Human Rights over their right to respect for private and family life. The case concerned statements made by a former detective inspector – in a book, a documentary and a newspaper interview – about the applicants&r

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