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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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Top Scottish School In Abuse Claim

A top Scottish military school with links to the Royal Family is the latest institution in Scotland to face allegations of historical sexual abuse.

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Lord Janner to Face Trial Following U-Turn

Lord Janner will face prosecution over allegations of sexual abuse following a U-turn from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

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Misconduct for Police Officers During Ian Watkins Investigation

A third police officer is being investigated into the police handling of complaints made against former Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins.

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Police Missed Chance to Investigate Paedophile Jimmy Savile In His Lifetime

A watchdog has found that the Police missed the chance to investigate paedophile Jimmy Savile back in 2008 after mishandling a claim against the DJ. A woman went to the police seven years ago claiming that she was attacked by the DJ in the 1970s, however, the Police failed to act on the claim.

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Rotherham Abuse Warnings Made Public

A Freedom of Information request from The Sheffield Star has revealed that the authorities in Rotherham were warned about child sexual exploitation in 2003 and once again in 2006.

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Labour Peer “Unfit” to Face Prosecution Over Abuse Claims

Labour peer Greville Janner is “not fit” to stand trial for alleged sexual abuse due to the extent of his dementia according to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

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Tory MP Enoch Powell Named In Sex Abuse Scandal

The late Conservative MP Enoch Powell has been named in a review of historic sex abuse carried out by Scotland Yard.

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Ex Scout Master Jailed For Years Of Sexual Abuse

An 83-year-old former Scoutmaster has been imprisoned for three years for historic sexual abuse against boys between the age of nine and 13 in Aberdeen.

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