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Calls for Stricter Limits on Drink Driving

There is growing public demand for more action to tackle drink driving across the UK, a new survey by road safety charity Brake and Direct Line has revealed.

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Rise in Counterfeit Goods Seized by EU Authorities

There has been an increase of around five million in the number of counterfeit items seized by customs authorities across the EU in 2015, according to new figures by the European Commission.

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Raising the Age of Criminal Responsibility

A consultation exercise over proposals to raise the minimum age of criminal responsibility in Scotland closed on the 17th June.

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Human Trafficking Laws Come into Force

New legal measures designed to tackle human trafficking and improve support for victims came into force in Scotland on 31st May 2016.

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Recorded Crime in Scotland at 41-year-low

Police Scotland statistics has revealed that crime in Scotland has reached a 41-year-low with crimes being at their lowest level since 1974.

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Overseas Drivers Escape Speeding Offences

Overseas drivers have escaped 23,295 speeding offences since January 2013, the equivalent of £2.3 million worth of speeding tickets, according to road safety charity, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).

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Getting Away With Murder? - The Oscar Pistorius Trial

A South African Judge determined that Oscar Pistorius was not guilty of premeditated murder, after firing four fatal shots into his bathroom with his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp inside. The judge had to decide between “dollus eventualis” (common murder), culpable homicide or acquittal after clearing Pistorius of the premeditated murder charge.

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Glasgow Sheriff Court Struggles with Number of Domestic Abuse Cases

Glasgow Sheriff Court is under strain from the sheer number of domestic abuse cases coming through the courts. The ‘busiest court in Europe’ currently has a backlog of 1300 domestic abuse cases, with victims waiting up to 19 weeks to have their case heard. The Scottish Court Service however, belives this to be an improvement – it was previously 22 weeks.Domestic abuse cases currently represent around 25 percent of all summary cases coming through the court an din order to relieve the mounting number of cases, additional ‘daily trial courts’ will be held by senior prosecutors next month. 

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Andy Coulsoun to Face Perjury Charges

Former editor of the News of the World, Andy Coulson has formally been charged with three counts of perjury at a hearing in the High Court in Glasgow.

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Proposals on ending automatic early release under scrutiny

The Justice Committee has recently published a call for evidence, seeking views on Scottish Government proposals to end automatic early release for some categories of prisoner.

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Offensive chants and singing result in FBO

Earlier this week a Glasgow man was fined £500 and had a 9 month Football Banning Order (FBO) imposed for an incident at a Premier League match on 29th September 2012 at Fir Park Stadium in Motherwell.

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Dundee man’s car clamped for non-payment of fine

Last week a Dundee man became the first in the city to have his car clamped for non-payment of a fine, according to Scottish Court Services (SCS).

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Former top judge expresses concern about corroboration changes

One of Scotland’s most respected judges has said that he will be “very sad” to see the requirement for corroboration in criminal cases abolished, reports the BBC.

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Calls for stronger EU action against gun violence

Figures released by the European Commission have shown that in the EU as a whole, more than one thousand people are victims of homicide by firearms each year, and half a million firearms that have been registered as lost or stolen in the EU remain unaccounted for.

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