Scotland’s Covid inquiry chair has said she will not “shy away” from making adverse findings. In a video on the inquiry website, Lady Poole, who was appointed last December, said she would carry out a “fair, open and thorough investigation”.
Legislation proposing the permanent adoption or temporary extension of some measures enacted during the pandemic to support Scotland’s recovery from Covid has passed its first stage. MSPs voted to support the general principles of the Coronavirus (Recovery and Reform) (Scotland) Bill, which pr
Families who lost loved ones to Covid are considering action “against those responsible for the preventable deaths”. The news follows a ruling of the High Court in London that the UK government’s failure to isolate people released from hospitals to care homes without testing early
Holyrood's criminal justice committee has warned against setting in stone a presumption in favour of remote legal hearings. The committee has set out its views on the proposed extension of temporary changes to the justice system in the Scottish government’s Coronavirus (Recovery and Reform) Bi
The cross-party Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee has revealed “concerns” about Parliament’s lack of ability to scrutinise and amend emergency provisions in the Coronavirus Act over the last two years. In a new analysis published today, the committee critic
An emerging international agreement to waive certain intellectual property rights in relation to Covid-19 vaccines has been criticised by civil society groups as a "half-measure". India and South Africa have led calls since October 2020 for certain parts of the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of
Legal requirements to wear face coverings on public transport and most indoor public settings will continue until at least early April given the current spike in Covid case numbers, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said. Remaining legal requirements for businesses and service providers to collect
The Crown Office has been urged to consider a prosecution over the deaths of 11 people at a care home on Skye. Home Farm in Portree suffered a Covid outbreak early on in the pandemic. A number of residents died at the home, which was operated by HC One. It was later taken over by NHS Highland.
More than 140 former heads of state and government and Nobel laureates today called on the candidates to be the next German chancellor – Annalena Baerbock, Olaf Scholz, and Armin Laschet – to declare themselves in favour of waiving intellectual property rules for Covid-19 vaccines and tr
So-called "vaccine passports" will be required to enter certain events and higher risk venues, such as nightclubs, music festivals and some football grounds under plans being put to MSPs next week. The Scottish Parliament will be asked to vote on the introduction of a Covid-19 vaccination verificati
A defence lawyer in Canada has praised a judge's decision to exclude unvaccinated jurors – because he "wants intelligent people on the jury". Justice Kevin Phillips, who is overseeing a murder trial in Ottawa, said in a pre-trial ruling that he would dismiss any potential jurors who said they
International travellers to Scotland will be able to use private sector Covid tests when arriving from green or amber list countries under a change to international travel restrictions. People will soon be able to choose from a list of approved providers when booking the tests they need to take afte
The Scottish Human Rights Commission has welcomed the Scottish government's committent to a "human rights-based" inquiry into its handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. Kavita Chetty, head of strategy and legal for the rights watchdog, briefed MSPs last week on why human rights need to be embedded in th
A judge-led public inquiry into the Scottish government's handling of the Covid-19 pandemic will be established by the end of the year, ministers announced today. A consultation has been launched on the draft aims and principles of the inquiry, and the government said discussions are "underway with
Police have been "fair and proportionate" in their enforcement of Covid-19 restrictions, according to new research published by the Scottish Police Authority (SPA). The independent advisory group chaired by John Scott QC has published a major 141-page report into police use of Covid-19 powers ahead