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01 May 2020Davidson Shirley Solicitors Criminal Law

While all areas of business are affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, essential services such as courts and tribunals must ensure minimal disruption to the lives of the public. The criminal justice system is an integral part of society, and as a result, has had to adapt and adopt new working methods to continue running. 

01 May 2020Davidson Shirley Solicitors Criminal Law

The COVID-19 outbreak has required organisations all over the world to adapt to new ways of working. The Scottish Criminal Courts are in the same position, and as an essential service, the courts must adopt modern technology to continue to function. However, unlike other businesses, the courts face the distinct challenge of balancing the right to a fair trial, with dispensing justice. 

12 May 2019Davidson Shirley Solicitors Criminal Law

A pilot scheme has been launched in Aberdeen to clampdown on drug dealers exploiting people as suppliers, in what is known as “cuckooing”. After the success of initiatives like Operation Corner in Peterhead and Fraserburgh, Police Scotland are now trying to replicate the criminal strategy in Aberdeen.

18 April 2019Davidson Shirley Solicitors Criminal Law

#StopItNow is the new hard-hitting campaign from Police Scotland that directly addresses predators who attempt to engage with children online for sexual purposes.

28 February 2019Davidson Shirley Solicitors Criminal Law

From next month, the Glasgow Sheriff Court Alcohol Court is to deal with domestic abuse cases in which alcohol ‘significantly contributed to the offending’.

28 January 2019Davidson Shirley Solicitors Criminal Law

On Monday 21st January 2019, the landmark draft Domestic Abuse Bill was published, aimed at pursuing offenders and supporting victims and their families. The Bill comes after it is revealed domestic abuse costs the country £66 billion a year and is said to provide a ‘once-in-a-generation’ opportunity to transform how the UK responds to domestic violence.

25 October 2018Davidson Shirley Solicitors Criminal Law

A new report carried out by the Scottish Government looked at data on robbery in the past decade.

18 September 2018Davidson Shirley Solicitors Criminal Law

According to the Scottish Government’s statistical report on the criminal justice system, both the rate of reconviction and the average number of reconvictions per person have been slowly decreasing since 2003. The statistics are based on the data of people who were released from custody in 2015-16 or received a non-custodial sentence during that period.

27 August 2018Davidson Shirley Solicitors Criminal Law

A programme designed to rehabilitate male domestic abuse offenders, in addition to supporting the women and children affected, is being extended into six Scottish local authorities.

13 July 2018Davidson Shirley Solicitors Criminal Law

A call for evidence has been launched over proposed new legislation that aims to provide vulnerable witnesses and victims of crime with a better experience of the criminal justice system in Scotland. 

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