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Public policy highlights

Our policy committees have had a busy month analysing and responding to proposed changes in the law to positively influence the creation of a fairer and more just society.

Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill

The case for allowing the most serious criminal trials to be heard without a jury has not yet been made, warns the Law Society of Scotland commenting on the Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill. This page has been updated to welcome the news that the Scottish Government will withdraw this element of the Bill.

Public policy highlights

Our policy committees have had a busy month analysing and responding to proposed changes in the law to positively influence the creation of a fairer and more just society.

Public policy highlights

Our policy committees have had a busy month analysing and responding to proposed changes in the law to positively influence the creation of a fairer and more just society.

Tourist tax should have a national framework with local discretion

A tourist tax would be most practical and efficient if implemented as part of a national framework, with some built-in flexibility for local discretion.

Law Society call for expert views on planning obligations

The Planning Law Sub-Committee is inviting Scottish solicitors and interested stakeholders to share their views on the subject of planning obligations under section 75 (Planning Obligations) of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 (‘the Act’).

Public policy highlights

Our policy committees have had a busy month responding to proposed changes in the law. Recent highlights include the opportunity to comment on the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill, responses to the International Trade Committee’s call for evidence on Trade and the Environment, and our Child and Family Law Committee’s response to the Law Commissions' joint consultation on building families through surrogacy.

Law Society comment on new jury research

The Society says new research which offers insight into the way juries reach their verdict in criminal trials will require careful consideration.

Public policy highlights

Our policy committees have had a busy month responding to proposed changes in the law. Recent highlights include responses on the programme for government, legal aid, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, heritable securities and disclosure.

Law Society of Scotland says education is essential next step for new smacking ban

New legislation banning the smacking of children needs to be supported by a comprehensive public education and awareness campaign.

Next stage of vulnerable accused persons project

The Criminal Law Committee are looking for examples and information about experiences of cases involving vulnerable accused persons to take forward a follow-up project to their April 2019 report on the subject.

Law Society supports moves to ensure Shetland by-election is ECHR compliant

The Law Society has supported steps taken by the Scottish Government to ensure that the Shetland by-election is compliant with the European Convention on Human Rights.