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Gillen: Realistic Reform or Missed Opportunity?

In this post, David Lorimer (PhD candidate) analyses a new Northern Irish report into reforming the law on serious sexual offences. Lorimer argues what is law for the accused should be law for the complainer.

The latest Gillen Report to the Criminal Justice Board on reform of the law on serious…

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The balance of trust

Should Gavin Williamson, former defence secretary, be prosecuted under the Official Secrets Act for leaking confidential information from the National Security Council? Or was he wrongly found guilty of leaking by a ‘kangaroo court’, as he has claimed?

This story – reported by the BBC here – brings together a range of important legal…

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Independent Representation And Systematic Reform

On the 28 November 2018, The Faculty of Advocates hosted a debate on independent legal representation (ILR) for complainers in rape trials. This was informed to some extent (as indeed is this blog) by the excellent interim report by Sir John Gillen on the law and procedures relating to serious…

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Criminal Cases in Civil Courts

This article analyses the probabilities of success for criminal cases brought to civil court. It briefly examines potentially influential factors such as corroboration and criminal intent, and the implications of cases like Coxen and Goodwillie.

Recent work relating hung jury findings to Scotland’s not proven votes and verdicts has given rise to the hypothesis that…

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'Academic suggests abolishing juries in rape trials'

University of Aberdeen PhD candidate David Lorimer applies a quantitatively analytical approach to criminal law. He has written previously on jury analysis and the admissibility of prejudicial evidence (with a journal paper currently under peer review). The attached poster indicates some of the areas to which his quantitative methodology has…

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