Scotland

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UK and Unfair Contract Terms Reforms

The Scottish Law Commission and the Law Commission for England and Wales have opened a consultation on proposals to protect consumers from unfair terms hidden in small print.

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Civil Juries to Receive Guidance on Damages in Scotland

The Court of Session (the Supreme Civil Court in Scotland) has declared that better guidance as to the appropriate level of damages should in future be given to juries in civil damages cases. A five judge bench under the retiring Lord President, Lord Hamilton, made the ruling in allowing two appeals by defenders who claimed that jury awards of compensation for the death of a relative were excessive.

 

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Scotland: Lockerbie Update

New revelations produced by BBC Scotland suggest that Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, the Libyan jailed for life following the 1988 Lockerbie bombing may not be guilty after all. Part of the evidence against him was that he was in Malta, and was identified by a key witness there, at the time the bomb which destroyed Pan-Am Flight 103 was placed in a suitcase and loaded on to the aircraft. The Maltese shopkeeper, Tony Gauci, identified Megrahi as the man he sold clothes to and which were later found in a suitcase which had contained the bomb.

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Scotland: Human Trafficking Report

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has published its findings from its Inquiry into Human Trafficking in Scotland. The Commission inquired into the nature and extent of human trafficking in Scotland. It focused on trafficking for the purposes of forced labour, domestic servitude and criminal exploitation, but more explicitly on commercial sexual exploitation, which Baroness Kennedy QC called ‘the most prevalent and pernicious manifestation of human enslavement’.

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Scottish Legislation to Tackle Football Sectarianism

The report at Stage 2 on the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Bill was published on 6 October 2011. It had been introduced to the Scottish Parliament on 16 June 2011 and it was subsequently agreed that it would be considered as an emergency bill.

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Humour in Court

The Procurator Fiscal, Aberdeen v Thomas Scott Forrester, [2011] HCJAC 71

The respondent, a police chief Inspector, was charged with dangerous driving after allegedly instructing a police constable driving a police car, in which he was travelling to catch a plane, to put the sirens on and move to the wrong side of the road. When the constable did so, a collision occurred between two cars travelling in the opposite direction.

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Bribery and Corruption

The Bribery Act 2010 came into force on 1 July 2011. This is a UK-wide statute which I have discussed on the IFTTA

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