Health & Safety

Today, the Sentencing Council for England and Wales has published new guidance on sentencing offenders who plead guilty. The new guidelines come into force on 1 June 2017 and can be accessed here: www.sentencingcouncil.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Reduction-in-Sentence-for-Guilty-plea-Definitive-Guide_FINAL_WEB.pdf In England and Wales, in accordance with s.144 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003, in determining what sentence to pass on an… Read more »

Health & Safety

A fine of £60,000 has been imposed on Lanarkshire Health Board after the board pled guilty to breaching health and safety legislation following the suicide of a patient under a compulsory treatment order. Mr Maguire, who had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, was placed on constant observation because of the high risk that he would… Read more »

Health & Safety

According to the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers, most slaughterhouses in Scotland have CCTV cameras installed. The purpose is obvious, to monitor and improve animal welfare at slaughter.  Under the Welfare of Animals at the Time of Killing (Scotland) Regulations 2012, veterinarians have a right to request and see the CCTV footage if they have… Read more »

Health & Safety

This week, the Scottish Sentencing Council introduced a guideline judgments section on its website in which users can find all the Guideline Judgments issued in criminal cases in Scotland. A Guideline Judgment can be issued by our higher appeal courts in Scotland under the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995. It is intended to provide guidance to… Read more »

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