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The Court of Criminal Appeal has granted John Docherty the right to appeal against his conviction of the murder of Elaine Doyle.

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Scotland is to lower the drink driving limit in a move that will see the limit vary from the rest of the UK. The move will bring Scotland’s limit to similar standards to that seen in Europe.

The UK has the second highest drink driving limit in Europe, second only to Malta. Under new rules in Scotland the limit for a breathalyzer test has been lowered from 35 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath to 22 micrograms per 100 ml. In regards to blood samples, the limit has been reduced to 50 milligrams per 100 ml from 80 milligrams.

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37 years after their bodies were discovered in East Lothian, Angus Sinclair has been convicted of the rape and murder of Helen Scott and Christine Eadie at the High Court in Livingston.  This was the first prosecution raised in Scotland following a change in the law relating to ‘double jeopardy’.

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The UK Government’s current attitude toward European membership could lead to the country becoming a prime holiday destination for fugitives. MP’s have failed to endorse the country’s participation in the European arrest warrant (EAW) in a forthcoming parliamentary vote, which has concerned leading legal and law enforcement figures.

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The Scottish Government plan to introduce legislation to tackle the practice of ‘revenge pornography’ – where a former partner posts explicit images of another online without their consent.

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A raft of measures aimed at improving the criminal justice system have been outlined in the newly published Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill.

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Six football fans were sentenced at Hamilton Sheriff Court this week for the parts they played in a disturbance in Hamilton town centre prior to the Hamilton v Falkirk football match on 5th January 2012. Four were served Football Banning Orders ranging from 12 to 22 months.

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A man was fined £200 and handed a six month Football Banning Order at Perth Sheriff Court earlier this month after attacking a steward at a Scottish Premier League game in October 2012. He was also admonished for a related Breach of the Peace charge.

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Last week a Glasgow car owner had his car clamped for failure to pay a police antisocial behaviour fixed penalty ticket, in the first case of its kind in Scotland.

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There was a flurry of Confiscation Orders granted by courts around Scotland in February. The actions saw the Serious and Organised Crime Division and the Civil Recovery Unit together recover around £325,000 from the proceeds of crime.

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Legislation designed to tackle sectarian behaviour at football matches is working well, according to Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill.

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A man has been sentenced to carry out 110 hours of unpaid work and handed a three year Football Banning Order for running onto the pitch during a Dundee United versus Dynamo Moscow football match.

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The Scottish Government is consulting on plans to create a new licencing regime for air weapons. It is estimated that there could be as many as half a million unlicensed air guns in Scotland.

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‘Kerb crawlers’ trying to pick up prostitutes are being warned that they could face disqualification from driving in addition to any other sentence that a court can impose.

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The Scottish Court Service (SCS) has announced that 45 cars have been targeted nationwide during the past two months, as part of its measures to collect unpaid fines.

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A recent Audit Scotland report, Reducing reoffending in Scotland, has looked at the efficiency and effectiveness of approaches taken to address the problem of reoffending.

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Funding has been awarded by the Scottish Government to 23 organisations working across Scotland to help break the cycle of reoffending.

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The Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling, has announced that householders in England and Wales will have greater protection from burglars in future.

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The Criminal Cases (Punishment and Review) (Scotland) Act came into force on 24th September, and closed a legal loophole which arose following the Appeal Court's judgement in the case of Petch and Foye v. HMA. The loophole had meant that prisoners given a discretionary life sentence or Order for Lifelong Restriction (OLR) could apply to become eligible for parole earlier than those serving sentences of a fixed length.

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The Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (ACPOS) has launched a new campaign across Scotland to highlight recent changes to the law on rape. The campaign also aims to change attitudes to rape and other sexual assaults.

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