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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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Criminal defence lawyers in Scotland are taking part in a one-day boycott of custody hearings to protest them being scheduled on a court holiday. Scotland's most senior judge, the Lord President, Lord Carloway, announced last year that such courts would be convened on court holidays despite the defe

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Possession of class A drugs such as heroin, cocaine and MDMA may incur a police warning rather than prosecution under a new "diversion from prosecution" policy for drugs announced by Scotland's Lord Advocate, Dorothy Bain QC. In a statement, Ms Bain said: "I have decided that an extension of the rec

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Draft legislation to provide for a fresh referendum on Scottish independence has been published by the Scottish government ahead of the May elections. Ministers say it will be up to the government formed after the elections to consider whether to formally introduce its proposed Scottish Independence

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Scotland is becoming a state in which the population is forced to conform to the vision and values of the ruling elite, a new book argues. In The Justice Factory: Can the Rule of Law Survive in 21st Century Scotland?, author Ian Mitchell suggests that the country is on the road to becoming an author

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The first criminal jury trials in Scotland since the start of the COVID-19 crisis have been hailed as successes. Trials have successfully taken place at the High Court in Edinburgh and in Glasgow, using multiple courtrooms in order to adhere to physical distancing guidelines, our sister publication

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The Dean of the Faculty of Advocates, Scotland’s professional body for advocates, the equivalent of barristers, has announced he will resign later this year following complaints. Gordon Jackson QC had referred himself to the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (SLCC) following the publication

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Former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond's lawyer, Gordon Jackson QC, has referred himself to the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (SLCC) following the publication of footage in which he made comments about Salmond's trial. Mr Salmond was vindicated last week of various sexual offence charges

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Drugs prosecutions in Scotland have plummeted following a change in policy. Figures show that cases have halved in four years, with prosecutors applying what they say is "smart", not "soft touch" justice, our sister publication Scottish Legal News reports.

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