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Glasgow responsible for long-term fall in violent crimes in Scotland

A study analysing crime over the last decade has revealed that falling levels of violent crime can largely be attributed to the west of Scotland, with serious assault and attempted murder cases falling by 35% in Scotland between 2008-09 and 2017-18. Non-sexual crimes of violence recorded by the police fell by 43% over the same period.

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Police officers in Scotland investigated over allegations of sexual offences

Police Scotland have stated they are taking "every report about sexual offending seriously" following the revelation that almost 90 of the body's own officers have been investigated following allegations of sexual assault in the last three years.

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Corroboration in rape trials faces scrutiny from campaigners

A group to support survivors of sexual assault ‘Speak Out Survivors’ has recently launched a campaign to reform the role of corroboration in Scots law.

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Major push to combat rural crime in Scotland

A rising wave of crime in Scotland's rural communities has prompted a ‘proactive and co-ordinated’ approach to the specific crimes affecting the country’s farms and rural areas.

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BELTRAMI LAWYER GETS NEW ROLE ON SEXUAL OFFENCE PANEL

Senior solicitor Rosalyn McTaggart has been appointed to a judicially-led group who will review the way the Scottish courts deal with serious sexual assault cases.

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eBay Fraud case thrown out of Court

A Sheriff at Glasgow has dismissed all charges against a client of Beltrami & Co who was put on trial accused of taking payment for an online sale without delivering the goods.

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Convicted driver's damages claim against GP dismissed

A motorist who had been convicted of death by dangerous driving sued his GP for negligence, after he claimed that he lost consciousness while driving due to the medication his GP prescribed him.

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LEGAL TEAM COMMENDED AFTER SEVEN-DAY HIGH COURT TRIAL

After being cleared by a jury after trial on a number of serious charges last month, a client has written to the firm to express his thanks.  The client, a university student, was represented by solicitor advocate Alan Gravelle and solicitor Callum Hiller at the High Court in Glasgow during a legal process lasting 18 months.

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Study recommends ban on declaring criminal convictions on job applications

A study conducted by the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR) has found that having to declare criminal convictions on job applications often deters candidates from applying, and is not the most effective way of predicting the risk of reoffending.

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Beltrami & Co announced as finalists in Scottish Legal Awards 2019

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We are delighted to announce that Beltrami & Co have been shortlisted as a finalist in The Scottish Legal Awards 2019 in the 'Criminal Defence Firm of the Year' category, alongside some of Scotland’s other most established law firms.

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£8.5 million investment into services for victims of rape and sexual assault

The Scottish Government has announced £8.5 million in funding over three years to improve services for sexual crime victims, such as forensic medical examinations.

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Homicide in Scotland at an all-time low

The Scottish Government released a statistical bulletin on the homicide recorded by the police in Scotland in 2017-18. The bulletin accounts for the number of cases involving homicide but not the number of victims in each case.

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Convicted Sex Offender Wins Sentencing Appeal

A man who pled guilty to engaging in unlawful sexual activity with a 14-year-old girl has won an appeal against having an extended sentence imposed by the sheriff. The Appeal Court of the High Court of Judiciary decided that the reasons given for an extension period for the man's sentence were inappropriate, and quashed the decision.

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Fewer robberies happen in public spaces, a new study finds

A new report carried out by the Scottish Government looked at data on robbery in the past decade.

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Statement from Ex-Hearts striker Christian Nade after being cleared of accusations of assaulting his partner and kidnapping a child

After representation by Beltrami & Co, former Hearts striker Christian Nade has been cleared following accusations that he assaulted his partner and her father, and threatened to kidnap a 3-month old baby. Our client said: 

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Sex offenders are the least likely to re-offend, according to new Scottish data

According to the Scottish Government’s statistical report on the criminal justice system, both the rate of reconviction and the average number of reconvictions per person have been slowly decreasing since 2003. The statistics are based on the data of people who were released from custody in 2015-16 or received a non-custodial sentence during that period.

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Scotland's Approach to Knife Crime: Adopting a Public Health Model

With knife crime rising in England, attention has turned to Scotland where a continued fall in knife crime has been recorded over the past decade. There has been a conscious effort to see whether the successes and lessons learned in Scotland can be applied in London, where police figures have shown the most significant increase in knife crime.

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BBC calls for legislation review around naming criminal suspects

Following the High Court privacy verdict brought by Sir Cliff Richard, the BBC is now urging the government to review the law concerning the coverage of criminal investigations and naming of suspects.

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Views Sought on Vulnerable Witnesses Bill

A call for evidence has been launched over proposed new legislation that aims to provide vulnerable witnesses and victims of crime with a better experience of the criminal justice system in Scotland. 

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Harsh, but Legal

Sheriff sets out limitations of court challenge to strike-off decisions

A SINGLE conviction involving alcohol and swearing at a police officer was enough for a social worker to be removed from the professional register.

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