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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Commonwealth Games Athlete On Trial For Sexual Assault during Games

A weightlifter taking part in the Commonwealth games will go on trial this week after being accused of sexual assault.

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