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Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2016 seminar

Date: 30th August 2018

Time: 09:00 - 13:15

Law Society of Scotland
Atria One
144 Morrison Street

CPD Hours: 3hours 30minutes

The Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2016 has introduced significant changes to criminal procedure. From police station interviews to powers of arrest, it is absolutely essential that solicitors working in criminal law are fully aware of the new requirements imposed by this Act.

Book by Friday 10 August to save 40% discount on the below prices

The Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2016 has introduced significant changes to criminal procedure.

From police station interviews to powers of arrest, it is absolutely essential that solicitors working in criminal law are fully aware of the new requirements imposed by this Act. However, there are other matters going beyond the content of the Act that ought to be considered:

  • How has it actually worked in practice?
  • What unexpected difficulties have arisen?
  • How have the legal aid implications and the need to have an available solicitor on call affected practice management?

The answers to these questions – and more – can be found at the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act seminar.

At this seminar you will:

  • Gain practical guidance for managing the changes introduced by the Act
  • Learn how to align the requirements of the act with the needs of your practice
  • Discuss previously unforeseen problems and identify solutions
  • Krista Johnston, Director, Martin Johnston Socha
  • Jim Stephenson, Director, Thorley Stephenson SSC
  • Alan Robertson, Senior Associate, MBS Solicitors
  • Ian Moir, Owner, Ian Moir and Company
  • Detective Inspector Alan Brown BA, Police Scotland
  • 09:00 - 09:30

    Registration and refreshments
  • Speaker
    Krista Johnston, Director, Martin Johnston Socha
    • Powers of arrest
    • Suspect rights
    • Solicitor responsibilities
    • Interviews with suspects and children


    Andrew has more than 20 years experience of appearing in Courts throughout Scotland.  In 2004 Andrew qualified as a Solicitor-Advocate which allows him to conduct the most serious cases in the High Court of Justiciary. Personable, professional and experienced he can progress your case through every stage of the court system. Andrew was the instructing solicitor in the case which altered the practice of sentencing discount in the Scottish Courts.

    • The implications of s32 of the Act - and the issue of "consent"
    • The implications of s33 of the Act
    • The appropriateness or otherwise of a "No comment" interview
    • The use of IT in Court (s110) and funding generally


    Alan W Robertson

    Alan W Robertson is a Senior Associate at MBS Solicitors, Edinburgh. He has been employed at MBS since the firm’s inception in 2010. Mr Robertson has a varied practice in that he practises in the area of criminal court work, child and family law and public law including judicial review. He qualified as a solicitor in 2006 and regularly appears at Edinburgh Sheriff Court in his own right and often on behalf of other firms on an agency basis (for criminal, civil and children’s cases). Furthermore, he conducts a great deal of Children’s Panel appellate work at Edinburgh Sheriff Court. He also engages in a great deal of Sheriff Appeal Court and Court of Session work (again either in his own right, or on an agency basis). He is frequently appointed by the Scottish Legal Aid Board to act on behalf of juvenile offenders (mostly) who are being dealt with via the Children’s Panel.

  • 11:15 - 11:30

    Refreshments and networking
    • Logistics
    • Legal aid implications
    • Maintaining solicitor availability


    Ian Moir

    Ian Moir graduated from Glasgow University in 1991 and has specialised in court work ever since. He has focused principally on criminal defence work, representing clients in courts throughout the country and even submitting appeals to the UK Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights. He also has a keen interest in family matters, Fatal Accident Inquiries and representing people facing problems under the Proceeds of Crime legislation. Ian and Paul work closely together heading up the criminal and proceeds of crime departments. They will both discuss your case and work together to secure the best outcome for you. Ian is also convenor of the Law Society of Scotland's criminal Legal Aid Negotiation Team, dealing with the Scottish Legal Aid Board and the Scottish Government on all issues regarding legal aid.

  • Speaker

    Alan is a Detective Inspector within the Specialist Crime Division of Police Scotland and has completed 27 years police service. He has been a detective officer for 24 years, serving in operational roles within the greater Glasgow area as Senior Investigating Officer in numerous serious crime investigations including robbery, attempted murder and serious sexual abuse investigations. He has also performed duties within Crime Policy and Strategy roles with both Strathclyde and Police Scotland forces. Alan was responsible for the development of the investigative strands of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2016, Investigative Liberation and Post Charge Questioning during which time he delivered various presentations to a wide range of Criminal Justice and Partner agencies which has assisted with the development of these processes in support of the Act.

  • 13:00 - 13:15

    Final Q&A and close
  • 13:15 - 14:00

    Lunch and networking


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