Scotland

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Scotland's justice secretary, Keith Brown, is to be quizzed this week on why he wants the Scottish Parliament to refuse consent to a bill about the Troubles in Northern Ireland. The Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill would create an Independent Commission for Reconciliation a

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A Northern Ireland-style parades commission is not necessary in Scotland, according to a new Scottish government report. The creation of a commission was mooted last year after police made arrests at a series of Orange walks in Glasgow.

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Parliamentary privilege would be extended to members of the Scottish Parliament under plans set out by Liz Truss ahead of a Tory leadership hustings in Perth, Scotland this evening. At present, MSPs — like members of the devolved assemblies in Wales and Northern Ireland — do not have the

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The Scottish Parliament "plainly" lacks the power to hold an independence referendum, the UK government law officers have said. In October, the UK Supreme Court will determine whether MSPs can legislate for a vote without Westminster's support.

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The UK Supreme Court has confirmed a case concerning the Scottish Parliament's right to organise an independence referendum will be heard this October. The Scottish Independence Referendum Bill was referred to the Supreme Court by Scotland's Lord Advocate on the question of whether an advisory refer

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The UK Supreme Court has told the UK and Scottish governments that it will consider the issue of whether the latest independence case is premature at the same time it considers the substantive issue of whether it is competent. It made the comments in a reply sent to both sides after the Advocate Gen

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Scotland's Lord Advocate, Dorothy Bain QC, has referred the provisions of the Scottish Independence Referendum Bill to the UK Supreme Court. The bill was introduced yesterday and proposes that a consultative referendum be held on 19 October 2023, Scottish Legal News reports.

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Hundreds of Kenyans will be allowed to take legal action at Scotland's Court of Session against one of the world's major tea producers. Current and former employees of Finlays, whose roots lie in 18th century Glasgow, allege they suffered severe health problems as a result of working on farms operat

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The 4,000 people accused and executed for witchcraft in Scotland are to receive a posthumous pardon after the Scottish government lent its support to the move. Claire Mitchell QC leads Witches of Scotland, which has campaigned for a pardon, a government apology and an official monument for the victi

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Scotland is to introduce 'sobriety tags' for offenders who commit alcohol-fuelled crimes. Offenders guilty of such crimes will have to wear the tags upon their release. The devices will trigger an alarm if the wearer has a drink during their probation period.

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The victims of historical abuse at Celtic Boys Club are to take legal action in one of the first cases of its kind in Scotland. The class action case will see the club facing a claim in Scotland's highest civil court of many millions of pounds in damages. There are around 25 people seeking damages f

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