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Criminal Law news & updates from Martin, Johnstone & Socha's expert criminal defence solicitors.

Fewer Criminal Histories to be Disclosed

Fewer criminals will have to inform potential employers about their criminal past under new measures set to be introduced by Scottish ministers to help them in their rehabilitation. 

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Family of Man Who Died In Police Custody Demand Inquiry

The family of a man from Sierra Leone have demanded an inquiry into his death in police custody. The man died from suspected asphyxiation on the street of Kirkcaldy. At the time, he was getting detained by nine officers. 

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Police To Tackle Cyber Crime

 

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Proposals For Corroboration to End Postponed

The Scottish government has dropped proposals to end corroboration in criminal cases in Scotland.

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Navy Frigate Seizes Cocaine Tug Boat

The Royal Navy and Border Force have seized a tugboat that was believed to be smuggling cocaine into the country.

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Scottish Human Rights Lawyer to Investigate Police Use Of “Stop & Search.”

The Scottish justice secretary John Scott QC is to lead an inquiry into the Police use of stop and search in Scotland, which could lead to a total ban. 

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Increase In The Number Of Sex Re-Offenders

Newly published figures have shown that a stark increase in the number of sexual offenders re-offending once they are released from prison. 

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Police Scotland Criticised Over Lack Of Crime Report

Police Scotland have been criticised in the Scottish Parliament for failing to disclose a crime report.

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MPs Call For Anonymity For Sex Offenders

A group of MPs have stated that those arrested for sexual offences have the right to remain anonymous until they are charged. 

The group who were reviewing previous examples of high profile individuals accused stated that there should be a no tolerance policy on police officers leaking information. 

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Crime Witness Videos Could Be Shown In Court

Evidence given by witnesses could be filmed and then shown in court in an to end witnesses changing their story or forgetting details in court according to a new legal report. 

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Man Charged Over Near Miss on A9

A man has been charged following a “near miss” being caught on camera on the A9.

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Scots Human Trafficking Law To Offer Protection From Forced Crimes

A new law is being debated in the Scottish Parliament, which offers victims of sexual trafficking protection if they are prosecuted for committing crimes they were forced to do. 

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One Year Old Stopped in Stop-and-Search

Almost 20,000 people were stopped and searched by police in 2014, with a one-year-old being stopped in North Ayrshire as part of police strategic tactics to prevent crime.

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Police Officers Accused of Criminal Offences

Police Officers across Scotland have been suspended or have duties restricted following allegations of rape, stalking and sexual assault.

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Scottish Rugby Star Guilty of Assault

Scottish International, Ryan Wilson, has been found guilty of assaulting two men in Glasgow’s West End.

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Scottish Surveillance Figures Down

Figures obtained on the use of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Act (Ripsa) have shown that there has been a decline in the use of surveillance powers in Scotland. 

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Edinburgh Postcode Hotspot for Robberies in Scotland

An area of Edinburgh has been found to be the worst area for robberies in Scotland following analysis from over 2.7 million homes.

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Hate Crime Against Jews Up 300% in Scotland

According to a Jewish leaders in Scotland the number of anti-semitic hate crimes has risen by 300%.

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More than 1,200 Under-10s Carry Out Crime

New figures have shown that more than 1,200 youngsters under the age of 10 were detected in Scotland in the last two years. 

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27% Decrease in Drink Driving in Scotland

 

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