coronavirus



Criminologist warns of prison riots during pandemic

A criminologist has suggested that Scotland will face prison riots if inmates are not afforded any coronavirus protection.

Published 3 April 2020

Neil Casey: Emergency changes to housing legislation in Scotland

Neil Casey guides landlords through the emergency changes to housing legislation in Scotland.

Published 3 April 2020

New process in place to report COVID-19 deaths

A new process to report COVID-19 deaths is now in place.

Published 3 April 2020

Lord Hope: Efforts should be made to 'preserve jury trials' during pandemic

A former senior judge has said efforts should be made to preserve jury trials during the pandemic after the Scottish government attempted to pass legislation allowing solemn trials to be conducted without juries.

Published 2 April 2020

Criminal bar wecomes withdrawal of 'non-jury' provisions from Coronavirus (S) Bill

The criminal bar has welcomed a decision by ministers to withdraw their plan for trial without jury, and vowed to help “find a temporary solution to this temporary problem”.

Published 2 April 2020

Europe raises rule of law concerns among coronavirus responses

A joint statement issued by 14 European countries has raised concern about "the risk of violations of the principles of rule of law, democracy and fundamental rights" in responses to the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 2 April 2020

Darina Kerr: Coronavirus legislation spells changes for commercial property

Darina Kerr details the Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill's provisions relevant to the commercial property sector.

Published 2 April 2020

Controversial plans to temporarily abolish juries delayed following severe backlash

The Scottish government is delaying controversial plans to abolish juries in solemn trials for the duration of the coronavirus emergency after a furious backlash from the legal profession and outraged politicians.

Published 1 April 2020

Tackling domestic abuse a priority for prosecutors

The Lord Advocate has said that domestic abuse cases will continue to be prosecuted vigorously and fairly during the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 1 April 2020

Scottish government attempts sweeping justice changes during emergency

The Scottish government is attempting to give ministers the power to allow solemn trials to be conducted without juries and to "dismantle in one fell swoop more than 600 years of legal principle" in a move described as a "knee-jerk reaction" at best and something "far more sinister" at worst.

Published 31 March 2020

Inverness Justice Centre opens

Scotland’s first purpose-built justice centre in Inverness opens today.

Published 31 March 2020

New website tracks use of online courts amid coronavirus pandemic

A new website has been launched to track the use of alternatives to traditional court hearings during the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 31 March 2020

COVID-19: Watermans Legal offers 20 per cent discount to NHS workers

Watermans Legal has announced it will be offering a discount to health workers throughout 2020.

Published 31 March 2020

ICO advises UK government it can use phone data to track coronavirus

The UK government has been advised by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) that it can use anonymised mobile phone data in order to track people who have COVID-19.

Published 30 March 2020

COVID-19: Guidance on compliance with court orders relating to parental responsibilities and rights

The Lord President, Lord Carloway has published short statement intended to offer general advice to parents and carers whose children are the subject of orders made by a court relating to parental responsibilities and rights, for example in relation to contact or residence.

Published 30 March 2020