Letters

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Dear Editor, It is surprising that Kenneth Norrie attacks alleged "mendacity" on the part of others ("Kenneth Norrie: New trans law? What new trans law?") while asserting that the Scottish government's Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill was "killed by a UK Secretary of State".

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Dear Editor, All power to Alistair Bonnington’s elbow in suing TV Licensing. It would not surprise me if their argument was that there had been some unfortunate mistake, thus suggesting that Alistair’s experience is an exception.

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Dear Editor, In the lord advocate’s statement to the Scottish Parliament on 16 January, she said that cases of those subpostmasters convicted of fraud would be referred to the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission and that all cases would be considered on their merits.

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Dear Editor, The prime minister asserts the wish to overturn the convictions of the sub-postmasters "swiftly" by legislation which could be in place by the end of the year.

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Dear Editor, I read with sadness the article about Len Murray, a man I knew well through my father.

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Dear Editor Can I say what a delight it is to read anything penned by Robert Shiels?

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Dear Editor, Murder is broadly defined and universally recognised as the wilful destruction of human life with unlawful intent. The "intent" required needs to be “unlawful” and the “destruction” needs to be “wilful” which generally means that you can’t commi

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I will have been a member of the Scots bar for 30 years come December, although recently I have been non-practising. In anticipation of my future return to work I get legal updates from a variety of sources. One such update, via my clerks, came from FACBA [Faculty of Advocates Criminal Bar Associati

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Dear Editor, In his opinion piece on the Victims, Witnesses, and Justice Reform (Scotland) Bill, published yesterday, Douglas Cusine states that there is no evidence for the assertion that jurors rely on so-called “rape myths” that does not come from mock trials. This is not the first ti

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In the second of two letters, retired solicitor Chris Forrest details his experiences with the Law Society of Scotland. In my last letter I narrated the circumstances giving rise to my complaints to SLCC which arose from my perceived conduct of the Director of Regulation at the Law Society and how t

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Dear Editor, In what is said to be the former First Minister’s first intervention on a policy issue, she is reported as saying that the backlash by lawyers against plans for juryless trials for rape cases is a sign that Scottish politics is polarised. I may be alone in failing to understand wh

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The Dundee criminal defence agents met on Wednesday 3 May, and it was a unanimous decision that they will not be taking part in the Scottish government's planned juryless trials pilot scheme. After this meeting I noted numerous Bar Associations and Faculties doing the same thing. On Tuesday 9 May, w

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Dear Editor, Each day we read about new aspects of the UK government’s Illegal Migration Bill presently going through Parliament. We are now told that “exempting children arriving in the UK on small boats from detention would create a 'pull factor' and would put minors at risk”. Th

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Dear Editor, Kevin Drummond was quite properly advising, or even exhorting, sheriffs to be vigilant to ensure that those in the Scottish Court Service (SCS), as it then was, did not attempt to interfere with their judicial function. Sadly, some thought his warnings were “over the top”. N

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