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Fall in Crime against UK Businesses

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There has been a sharp drop in crimes committed against UK businesses, according to recently released figures from AXA Business Insurance.

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Oscar Pistorius: Getting Away with Murder

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Judge Thokozile Masipa last week cleared Pistorius of both premeditated murder and common murder (dollus eventualis) eventually convicting the paralymic star of the lesser crime of culpable homicide. This post discusses how this decision was reached and why the situation may have been different under Scot’s law.

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Rise in Property Purchases Dependent on Referendum Outcome

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This month has seen house buyers make offers for property purchases conditional on the outcome of the referendum, with these offers becoming more common as the day draws closer.

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NMC Brings in New Registration Rules for Overseas Nurses

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Nurses and midwives who trained outside Europe will have to pass tests before they are allowed to practice in the UK.

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Winning Expenses in Employment Tribunal Cases

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EMPLOYERS who lose Tribunal cases should have to repay up to £1200 in fees as well as the employee’s wage loss, according to a new court ruling.

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Glasgow Sheriff Court struggles with backlog of 1,300 domestic abuse cases

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Glasgow Sheriff Court is struggling to handle the number of domestic abuse cases going through the court, with those involved waiting four and a half months for their cases to be heard.

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Domestic Abuse to become a Separate Crime

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This week, the Scottish Government announced plans to introduce “Clare’s Law” which will allow individuals to request information from police to find out if their partner has a violent past.

However, this has coincided with consideration in England and Wales for a separate crime of domestic abuse to be developed, which has led to calls for similar legislation in Scotland. The crime would relate not to a single incident but to a course of conduct amounting to domestic abuse.

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Scottish Property Market Reaches Four-Year High

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Annual property growth has reached a four-year high in Scotland, according to the latest LSL Acadata house price index.

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Government Publishes Digital Strategy for Justice in Scotland

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This week (20 August 2014) the Scottish government published the Digital Strategy for Justice in Scotland. The Strategy aims to create a more modern, user-focussed justice system.

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Courts Taking Tougher Line on NMC Delays

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NURSES suspended for years while their professional body investigates allegations of misconduct against them have won significant legal victories.

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NMC backs Whistleblowing campaign

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The body which regulates the nursing industry, the NMC, have given their backing to new rules to protect those who “blow the whistle” in their employment.

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Significant Number of Serious Organised Crime Groups are Operating Within the Waste Sector

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One in five serious and organised crime groups (SOCG) have links to businesses within the waste sector according to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).

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MacAskill on Roll-out of Armed Police Policy

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Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill has made a statement defending a recent change in national policy allowing some police officers to carry handguns while on patrol in Scotland.

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MPs say UK law is failing to protect whistleblowers

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WHISTLEBLOWERS who risk their careers to uncover wrongdoing within public services are being victimised by managers who nearly always escape sanction, according to a new report by MPs.

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Buried Statistics Show Stop and Search by Police Scotland Nine Times Higher Than by NYPD

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The Scottish Police Authority discovered that the rate of searches carried out by Police Scotland was nearly nine times higher than the rate in the New York Police Department , but did not include the startling comparison in its final report.

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Holiday pay case gives new right to claim wages unlawfully deducted

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ANYONE who is paid less when on holiday than when they are working could be entitled to claim they have been underpaid for the past 16 years.

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Court Determines Custodial Sentence ‘not appropriate’ for Boxing Promoter in Mortgage Fraud and Money Laundering Case

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A Scottish boxing promoter, Barry Hughes has won his appeal and had his prison sentence for mortgage fraud and money laundering quashed, after judges ruled that a custodial term was “not appropriate”.  

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Number of Facebook and Twitter Crimes Rocket in Scotland

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Statistics, recently released under the Freedom of Information Act, show a surge in crimes relating to the social media sites Facebook and Twitter in Scotland. Five years ago, a mere 43 crimes were linked to the sites, but this number has rocketed in the last year with Police Scotland receiving 2,710 complaints.

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Forthcoming Guidance on Scottish Prisoner Voting Welcomed

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Howard League Scotland, the penal reform organisation, has welcomed a response from the Director of Strategy and Innovation that the Scottish Prison Service, in partnership with the Electoral Commission, are preparing guidance for those in prison who are entitled to vote, and those likely to be released in time to vote, in the referendum.

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