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Scottish Legal News & Portal
Information resources for the legal community
Scottish Legal News is a free daily service providing the legal community in Scotland with a digest of news, events and jobs. A joint venture between Scottish News Agency and the Scottish Legal Action Group, the daily email newsletter is supported by the web site.
To register for your free daily edition of Scottish Legal News, simply email: newsdesk@scottishnews.com or visit www.scottishlegal.com
 
Recent Activities
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Human Rights Day:

An Open Letter to the Prime Minister & Deputy Prime Minister

The Scottish Legal Action Group and others

The Scottish Legal Action Group joined with over seventy other organisations in sending an open letter to Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg calling on them to secure and advance the Human Rights Act. The letter and press release can be read or downloaded via the link below.
Open Letter from civil society groups (pdf 35 kb)
BIHR Press Release (MS Word doc 48.5 kb)
 
A New Tribunal System?
The Scottish Legal Action Group
The Scottish Legal Action Group’s submission to the Consultation on the Scottish Government’s Proposals for a
New Tribunal System for Scotland 
(www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2012/03/8967) can be read or downloaded via the link below.
SCOLAG Response - Tribunals (pdf 93.5 kb)
 
Funding Civil Litigation
The Scottish Legal Action Group
The Scottish Legal Action Group’s submission to The Taylor Review of Expenses and Funding of Civil Litigation in Scotland (http://scotland.gov.uk/About/taylor-review) can be read or downloaded via the link below.
SCOLAG Response - Taylor Review (pdf 147kb)
 
The Carloway Review
Response of the Scottish Legal Action Group
The interim response of the Scottish Legal Action Group to the recent review of criminal process and procedure (www.carlowayreview.org) can be read or downloaded via the link below.
SCOLAG Response - Comments on Carloway (pdf 95kb)
 
 A Sustainable Future for Legal Aid
Response of the Scottish Legal Action Group
The response of the Scottish Legal Action Group to the recent Scottish Government discussion paper on the future of legal aid (www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2011/10/04161029/0) can be read or downloaded via the link below.
SCOLAG Response - A Sustainable Future for Legal Aid (pdf 150kb)
 
Consultation on the Creation of a Scottish Civil Justice Council
Response of the Scottish Legal Action Group
The response of the Scottish Legal Action Group to the recent Scottish Government consultation on the creation of a Civil Justice Council (www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2011/09/28125601/0) can be read or downloaded via the link below.
SCOLAG Response - Civil Justice Council (pdf 63.6kb)
 
The Registration of Civil Partnerships & Same-Sex Marriage
Response of the Scottish Legal Action Group
The response of the Scottish Legal Action Group to the recent Scottish Government consultation on the registration of civil parnerships and same-sex marriage (www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2011/09/05153328/0) is available via the link below.
SCOLAG Response - Civil Partnership & Same-Sex Marriage (pdf 200kb)
 
Lay Representation in the Court of Session & Sheriff Court
Response of the Scottish Legal Action Group
The response of the Scottish Legal Action Group to the recent consultation carried out on behalf of the Lord President by his private office (www.scotcourts.gov.uk/consultations/index.asp) is available below.
SCOLAG Response - Lay Representation (pdf 180kb)
 
Rights of Audience Review
Response of the Scottish Legal Action Group
The response of the Scottish Legal Action Group to the draft report of The Thomson Review: Rights of Audience in the Supreme Courts of Scotland (www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Justice/legal/Rights-of-Audience-1-1) can be read or downloaded via the link below.
SCOLAG Response - Thomson Review Draft Report (pdf 150k)
 
Regulating Non-Lawyer Will Writers
Response of the Scottish Legal Action Group
The written response of SCOLAG to the Scottish Government's consultation on introducing a system of statutory regulation (further details of which are available at: www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2009/12/18095315/) is available via the link below.
SCOLAG Response - Regulating Non-lawyer Will Writters (pdf 95k)
 
Civil Courts Review
Response of the Scottish Legal Action Group
The full written response of the Scottish Legal Action Group to the Scottish Civil Courts Review - A consultation paper further details of which are available www.scotcourts.gov.uk/civilcourtsreview
SCOLAG Response - Civil Court Review (pdf 115k)
 
 Paths to Justice?
Essays prompted by the Gill Review
This collection of short essays and opinion pieces on the future of civil justice in Scotland is edited by David McArdle. Produced with the support of the Scottish Consumer Council a PDF version is available to download free by clicking the link below.
 
3 Steps to Increase Access to Justice
On 8 March 2006 SCOLAG organised a presentation to MSPs to press 3 measures designed to increase access to justice for the majority of the population in Scotland: click here for details
 

 

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