28th May 2010
Renfrewshire Law Centre's Principal Solicitor, Jon Kiddie, while acting in his capacity as Secretary of the Scottish Association of Law Centres (SALC), has submitted SALC's formal response to a consultation being undertaken by the Scottish Government in conjunction with COSLA (the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities) and the Scottish Legal Aid Board.
The consultation examines the provision of publically funded legal assistance (PFLA) in Scotland, and is relevant to law centres, legal aid solicitors, citizens advice bureaux, welfare rights officers, debt advisors, and other types of third sector organisations that provide advice and information on people's rights ...
25th May 2010
The UK Supreme Court today begins hearing a human rights appeal that challenges the lack of a right to a lawyer when detained by the police in Scotland. As the law now stands, the police may detain a suspect for questioning for up to six hours without legal advice. Some critics say this breaches the European Convention on Human Rights, particularly Article 6, the right to a fair trial.
The case Is brought by Peter Cadder, a Scotsman who was convicted of assault partly for answers he gave in police interview before legal advice.
Last year the Scottish Criminal Appeal ...
15th May 2010
On 14 May 2010 RLC Principal Solicitor, Jon Kiddie, and RLC Volunteers, Joe Bryce & Briony Cullin, attended Lord Advocate Elish Angiolini’s conference on pro bono legal services, held at Victoria Quay in Edinburgh.
Generally speaking, the event was well attended, and in particular a number of law centres were specifically represented.
Speakers took the stand to put the case for pro bono work from the perspectives of several different kinds of legal services providers, e.g. large commercial law firms (McGrigors, Pinsent Masons), small firms (Ian Smart, Law Society President, spoke of his own experience as a sole principal ...
1st May 2010
From the BBC's influential Wednesday Play series, Cathy Come Home, directed by Ken Loach, tells the bleak tale of Cathy, who loses her home, husband and eventually her child through the inflexibility of the British welfare system. The film led to the formation of housing charity, Shelter.