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Homicide Numbers Fall to Record Low

These findings were contained in the publication, Homicide in Scotland, 2015-16, which provides information on crimes of homicide recorded by the police in Scotland in 2015-16.

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Scotland to See More Electronic Tagging Sentences

The Scottish Government has announced that it intends to expand the use of electronic tags to help reduce reoffending levels and keep communities safe.

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Tougher Penalties for Illegal Mobile Phone Use

New research by the RAC has found that the illegal use of handheld mobile phones by motorists has reached “epidemic proportions”.

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Drivers Warned of Consequences of Unpaid Fines

Drivers who fail to pay their fines run the risk of their vehicles being clamped, taken into storage and ultimately scrapped or sold off, according to a warning from the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS).

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Sailors Sentenced over Seizure of Class A Drugs

Two sailors have been sentenced to over 40 years imprisonment between them for their role in the smuggling of more than three tonnes of cocaine aboard an ocean-going tug, the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service has reported. The operation apparently resulted in the largest ever seizure of Class A drugs in the UK.

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Many Drivers Risk Using a Smartphone While Driving

More than half of drivers in the 25 – 34 age-group are risking getting charged with motoring offences for texting, using apps or going online on their mobiles when they are behind the wheel, according to a new study by road safety charity Brake.

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Calls for Tougher Penalties for Criminal Drivers

New research by road safety charity Brake has apparently found strong support for strengthening both the charges and sentences faced by criminal drivers.

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Police Survey Reveals Public’s Crime Concerns

Police Scotland has recently published the results of its Your View Counts survey for the period April – June 2016.

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Calls for Crack-Down on Driving Offences but Softer Approach on Drugs

Over 52% of drivers questioned by RAC say that tougher penalties should be applied to motorists who use their phones illegally while driving.

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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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Sex Crimes on the Rise across the UK

There were more than 100,000 sexual assaults across the UK in the last year according to official statistics on criminal offences.

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Law Society Seeks to Ensure Adequate Access to Justice Through Legal Aid

The Law Society of Scotland has produced a video which highlights the significance of legal aid in ensuring adequate access to justice in Scotland.

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More Witnesses to Give Recorded Evidence as Part of Scottish Court Reform

More witnesses in Scotland will be permitted to give evidence electronically allowing them to avoid attending court. The move is part of what is being seen as a radical shake-up of the Scottish legal system. The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS), have recently published a report which calls for the justice system to be sped up through the use of technology in the summary courts, which deal with less serious cases. The result of these changes would be that the accused in such cases would not need to attend court for procedural hearings, and also, that witnesses would not be required to testify in person.

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Beltrami & Co wins Criminal Law Award

Beltrami & Co are very pleased to announce the acquisiton of a 2016 award win. M&A Today awarded us Law Firm of the Year for Criminal Law in Scotland. M&A take votes from over 163 countries globally and the awards recognise dedication to excellence on a global basis. For more information on our award wins, please click here. 

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Criminal Law Firm of the Year in Scotland Award

We are delighted to announce that Beltrami & Co has been chosen as the winner of the 2016 Corporate Intl Magazine Global Award: Criminal Law Firm of the Year in Scotland. For a full list of our previous award wins, please click here. 

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Sex Offences Account for Two Thirds of High Court Cases

New figures from prosecutors have revealed that two-thirds of all High Court cases involve sexual offences.

The news comes following criminal statistics that showed that although crime in Scotland was down overall, the number of sexual assaults was up. Crime figures in Scotland showed that there was a 5% increase in the number of rapes in the last year, with sexual crimes rising by 11% from 8,604 to 9,557 in the same period, the highest total for 44 years.

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Police Consider Limited Inquiry into Edward Heath Abuse Claims

Police are debating whether a limited inquiry into the Edward Heath abuse claims would be worthwhile instead of conducting a more lengthy and costly full inquiry.

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Lord Janner Makes First Court Appearance

Lord Janner has made his first court appearance following charges of historical sexual abuse and 22 abuse allegations against nine young boys.

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Edward Heath Latest to be Accused of Child Abuse Claims

At least five police forces have conducting investigations into accusations of child abuse against former Prime Minister Edward Heath.

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Beltrami & Co Nominated for Criminal Law Firm of the Year – Law Awards of Scotland 2015

We are delighted to announce that Beltrami & Co have been nominated for ‘Criminal Law Firm of the Year’ at the Law Awards of Scotland 2015.

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