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Domestic Abuse Allegations During Coronavirus

Amid concerns that the coronavirus lockdown measures could cause an increase in domestic abuse cases, the charity Crimestoppers Scotland has launched a campaign encouraging anyone who hears or sees abusive behaviour to come forward. 

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How is the criminal justice system adapting to the coronavirus pandemic?

While all areas of business are affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, essential services such as courts and tribunals must ensure minimal disruption to the lives of the public. The criminal justice system is an integral part of society, and as a result, has had to adapt and adopt new working methods to continue running. 

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Coronavirus: The possible future of criminal proceedings via video links

The COVID-19 outbreak has required organisations all over the world to adapt to new ways of working. The Scottish Criminal Courts are in the same position, and as an essential service, the courts must adopt modern technology to continue to function. However, unlike other businesses, the courts face the distinct challenge of balancing the right to a fair trial, with dispensing justice. 

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Coronavirus Update

In light of the Prime Minister’s statement of 23 March 2020 and ongoing announcements from the Scottish Courts Administration the situation in respect of the Criminal Justice System is becoming a little clearer, albeit subject to change.  As matters stand it would seem that all court cases other than the most urgent (such as custody matters) will be adjourned to a future date around August/September 2020.

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15-year-old boy on trial for psychological domestic abuse in Scotland

A 15-year-old boy has been accused of psychological domestic abuse against his 14-year-old girlfriend, making him the youngest person to face prosecution under the new legislation. It is alleged the boy engaged in a course of behaviour between 17 and 22 October, which was considered abusive towards the third-year pupil at Perth Secondary School. His aim was allegedly to “control, regulate and monitor her day-to-day activities and to frighten, humiliate, degrade and punish her”.

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