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S274/275: A Double-Edged Shield

Lord Glennie’s opinion in the recent ‘CH’ appeal ([2020] HCJAC 43) highlights a conflict of judicial thinking, and legal opinion in general, with respect to the Scottish rape shield. Could it be that the real issue is a fundamental lack of trust in the ability of a jury to reach…

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Jury Centres in Cinemas - The Darker Side

David Lorimer, PhD candidate at Aberdeen Law School, takes a look at the acquittal rate in last year's Scottish Mock Jury Trials and what he calls the 'Hollywood Effect'.

Last year’s report on the Scottish Mock Jury Trials provided some complex and perplexing results. There were three convictions in the 32…

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Scots Law You May Not Know About (For A Good Reason - 'Cos It Ain't)

On 15 April, Scott Styles wrote here on Covid-19 and the Frustration of Leases on the Grounds of Illegality.  In this short note, Mitch Skilling and Douglas Bain consider – in much briefer form and citing far fewer authorities than Mr Styles’ scholarly discussion - another aspect of contract and…

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Comment on JUSTICE Consultation on the Scottish Jury Research Findings

JUSTICE Scotland have now submitted their response to the Scottish Government on the recent Mock Jury Research findings. Whilst noting that the Research is an interesting piece of work, providing insight into the relationship between three unique elements of the Scottish jury system and the effect that these may have on jury decision making…

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The Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Scotland's Criminal Justice Responses to Domestic Abuse: Part 2

Scotland’s Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline (24 hours): 0800 027 1234 or helpline@sdafmh.org.uk

 

This is Part 2 of a two-part blog post which makes a number of preliminary observations about the potential impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and social distancing policy on Scottish criminal justice…

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