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Scottish defence lawyers are preparing to boycott a controversial pilot scheme for juryless rape trials. The plans, which have been advanced for a number of years, would see juries removed from rape and sexual offence trials on the basis that the conviction rate for such crimes is artificially low.

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Scotland's Court of Session has ruled that the UK government acted lawfully in vetoing the Scottish Parliament’s Gender Recognition Reform Bill from receiving lawful assent, after a legal challenge to the block was brought by the Scottish Ministers. It was argued for the petitioners that the p

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Glasgow University has introduced the world's first master's degree in reparatory justice. The degree has been established in partnership with the University of the West Indies (UWI) and comes amid a global campaign for financial reparations stemming from the transatlantic slave trade, Scottish Lega

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The Scottish government will challenge the Secretary of State for Scotland’s use of Section 35 of the Scotland Act to stop the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill going forward to Royal Assent following the Scottish Parliament’s approval of the legislation in December 2022. Social

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Three former lawyers and two other men who masterminded a £1.48 million bank and property money-laundering operation in Scotland have been jailed for a total of 30 years and four months. Solicitors Iain Robertson, Alastair Blackwood and David Lyons along with Mohammed Aziz and Robert Ferguson,

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The Scottish Parliament has passed legislation aiming to improve the system by which transgender people can apply for legal recognition through a Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC). Once enacted, Scotland will be the first part of the UK to have a gender recognition process based on self-declarati

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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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