Law Society news
- in the category: Research and policy
A round-up of activity undertaken by the Criminal Law and Legal Aid Committees in response to the coronavirus outbreak so far, as well as a look ahead to what challenges they are focussing on next.
The creation of a new, unified tribunal empowered to look at a full range of remedies under mental health law would enable individuals’ cases to be dealt with in a prompt, holistic and person-centred way.
Feedback from a working group led by the Law Society has been submitted to the Scottish Government in response to their discussion paper on options for criminal jury trials during the COVID-19 outbreak.
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.
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.
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’).