Scottish Legal System
Chhokar verdict: Campaigning lawyer hails “historic” day for Scottish justice
Man found guilty of the murder of Surjit Singh Chhokar after 18-year campaign that rocked Scottish legal system
CAMPAIGNING LAWYER Aamer Anwar has hailed as “historic” the verdict of a high court jury today which convicted a man of the murder of Surjit Singh Chhokar, after nearly 18 years of a campaign for justice that rocked the Scottish legal establishment.
Ronnie Coulter was found guilty after his second trial for the murder of Chhokar, who was stabbed to death, at the age of 32, in North Lanarkshire in 1998. Coulter was originally acquitted in 1999.
Exclusive: Changes to improve Scots arrest procedures waylaid by Tory #GE17 manoeuvre
Scottish Police Federation anger over “huge impact” of delaying implementation of revisions to arrest and detention rules
A CONTROVERSY is brewing over the way Prime Minister Theresa May’s call for a snap General Election has interrupted significant changes to rules governing arrest, detention and stop and search in Scotland.
The Criminal Justice Scotland Act 2016 would identify the rights of persons under arrest in legislation, and bring powers regarding stop and search, detention and arrest together under a single act of parliament.