Archive for May, 2008

May 19 2008

The Right to Know: Freedom of Information as a human right

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This is, with some additions, the text of my handout for the Human Rights Conference 2008, held on 19 May 2008.

Is Freedom of Information a ‘Human Right’?

The right of access to official information is nowhere protected explicitly by ECHR. Attempts to establish a right of access to official information under Article 10, which protects the right to impart and to receive information, have not so far been successful. Continue Reading »

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May 18 2008

Hopeless and time-wasting appeals in the Court of Session

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In the last year, following Lord Penrose’s Review of the Inner House in 20061, the Inner House has become increasingly intolerant of time-wasting appeals. As was said in one case (Billig, below), “The court has, particularly in recent times, frequently had cause to upbraid parties and their advisers for failure properly to take into account the waste of public resources caused by late settlements and related matters. In the nature of things, [such] strictures of the court … rarely find their way into written judgments”. Since early 2007, however, the Inner House has issued a number of opinions which name and shame those responsible; Continue Reading »

  1. This report is not published, but is referred to at numerous points in the Civil Courts Review Consultation Paper. Among its finding were that almost half of all summar roll hearings were discharged. [back]
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May 03 2008

Murray Stable’s Public Law Group launch, 29 May 2008

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The Murray Stable is forming a number of practice groups, the first stable to do so. The first to launch was the Employment Law Group, which held a very successful conference on 21 April. The next is the rather cumbersomely-named Public, Administrative and Human Rights Law Practice Group, which has twenty-three members of whom I am one. Our first public meeting will be at the Mackenzie Building, Old Assembly Close, 172 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1QX (map here) on 29 May (one hour CPD).

  • 5.30 Registration; tea and coffee
  • 6.00 Janys Scott QC, Murray Stable Director: Introduction
  • 6.10 Jonathan Mitchell QC and Ailsa Carmichael, Advocate: Planning and Running a Judicial Review: 10 do’s and don’ts: (followed by questions and discussion)
  • 7.00 Iain Murray, Murray Stable Practice Manager: A few words on clerking
  • 7.10 The important business of the evening: Wine and refreshments

We have sent out invitations, but if you didn’t receive one and would like to come, please ask the stable or any member of the group: space may be limited.

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