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Scottish Prisons Face Greater Scrutiny After Parliament Approves New System

The Scottish Parliament have approved a reform of the system, which scrutinises Scottish prisons, in order to improve the way prisons are monitored.

Michael Matheson, Justice Secretary, explained: "The previous system for monitoring Scotland's prisons was not as effective as it could be. There was a lack of accountability and significant inconsistencies in the way in which individual visiting committees worked".

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New Tax Rates to be Reviewed In Budget

The Scottish Government has confirmed that tax rates, which are set to replace stamp duty when buying a property, are to be reviewed as part of the budget.

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In The Media

Our employment specialist Stephen Smith has featured in today's edition of The Herald following a statement on legal aid from the Law Society of Scotland.

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Scottish Tenants Happy with Buy-to-let Properties, but Supply Might Fail to Meet Demand

A recent survey by Scottish letting agents Lettingweb, has shown that the Scottish private rented sector is going from strength to strength, but warns that the growing tenant demand could lead to a shortage in home supply. The news comes after the latest house price index showed a 0.7% increase in house prices during October 2014, putting prices at just £717 below the pre-recession peak of £165,515.

Overall, the research proves that the Scottish property market has recovered since the independence referendum in September 2014, with house prices currently rising at a faster pace than they did most of 2014. The rise equates to 5.7% overall annual growth in Scottish house prices, meaning a capital return of £8,850 for the average property investment in Scotland in the past year.

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Buy Early Or Face Stamp Duty Hike

Homebuyers in Scotland who are planning a big move in 2015 should take into account the new Stamp Duty rules which come into effect at the end of March.

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Can I get Legal Aid for a lawyer to attend a Children’s Hearing with me?

The Children’s Hearing System is unique to Scotland and stems from the requirement of care and protection beyond parental control. Decisions are made in the best interests of the child or young person to help and protect them.

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No Fault Divorce

The possibility of a “divorce” between Scotland and England was discussed for much of 2014. There is therefore some irony that during 2015, the law on divorce could well be unified across the border.

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New Tax Law In April Provides Boom in Scottish Property Market

The value of prime property in Scotland rose by 1% in the final quarter of 2014, with buyer demand before a new tax law being one of the major reasons for a surge in demand.

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Season's Greetings From GLP

Season's Greetings from everyone at Glasgow Law Practice.

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Crackdown on Motorists Causes Rise in Criminal Convictions Across Scotland

For the first time in seven years in Scotland, the number of criminal proceedings and convictions has risen, with the police crackdown on motorists said to be the reason.

There was a four per cent rise in criminal cases and convictions in 2013/14, marking an increase of almost 5,000 proceedings in Scotland's courts. However, a report released by the Scottish Government shows that over the year there was an increase of more than 4,800 motoring convictions, which shows the rise has been driven by Police Scotland's "operational practice".

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