Update

Well it has been a couple of weeks since I last blogged and I’m now at the end of the fourth week of the semester.

If you follow me on Twitter you will be aware that I’m being kept rather busy with University work just now.  I’m more or less up-to-date with the reading that is designated as “essential” and I’ve also managed to do some of the reading marked as “recommended”.   I continue to spend the majority of my time locked away in the library and I am easily doing (including timetabled classes) 38 or 39 hours work per week for my degree.  This, of course, should mean great results in the forthcoming essays and the end of semester exams in December.  However, I never have bene that great at exams, so we’ll just have to wait and see.

I’m enjoying most of my modules this semester.  There is one in particular that I am not enjoying and that is down to a combination of having no interest in the subject area at all coupled with a lecturer who is constantly making mistakes in the lectures (whcih doesn’t give one much confidence).

I’m finding Delict probably the most enjoyable of my modules this semester.  Depsite this it is an area I doubt I’ll ever enter into in practice.  My reasons for entering into the Law were really to stand up for the small man against the giant state (which is why I am drawn towards Human Rights, Criminal defence, Immigration).  Although in saying that, I do have a keen interest in Family Law.  This interest in Family Law stems from the voluntary work I did for a national chldren’s charity where.  My interest really lies in the child in such situations and ensuring that proceedings cause the least disruption possible to the life and development of he child.  Parent’s don’t always get on and sometimes they decide to divorse, but in these situations (my experience has taught me) the child freqeuently gets “forgotten” about by the warring parties (or even becomes a tool used by the parties to cause pain and distress to the other).  Sometimes, I suspect, adults don’t really realise just how much these situations affect the child, and certainly, I’ve spoken to young children (as young as 7) who have a good understanding of just what is going on and are being affected in ways that the adults may not even realise!

Anyway, I digress.

I’ve not been busy enough to forget about blogging.  In fact, I’ve spent some time over the last few weeks working on some well considered blog posts on particular areas of Law.  They are all still in draft form and still quite a bit away from being finished pieces of work that I would want to publish on my blog.  However, these will come over the weeks and months to follow.

I continue to watch the news with interest.  There continues to be a lot of interesting things happening in the world of Scots Law at the moment.  The Decision of their Lordships in Cadder v HMA is due in the coming days and the trial of Tommy and Gail Sheridan for perjury is underway.  Of course, the decision to release Abdelbaset Ali Mohamed Al Megrahi continues to be a story dominating news at the moment as do the issues surroudning his trial and conviction.  The recent decision by the Lord Advocate to resign at the next election of the Scottish Parliament is also of interest, not least because this will mean the appointment of a new Lord Advocate, but there is also the consideration of Judicial Review over the Information Commissioners refusal to look at who paid for the threats of legal action issued on behalf of the Lord Advocate relating to the Hollie Greig case.

The Lord Advocate’s announcement of her inetntion to step down at the next election has also led to an examination of her time in the post.  Elish Angiolini QC was the first woman and the first solicitor to be appointed to the post.  I’m sure plenty of people will be willing to support her time in post or to condemn it.  I don’t really have much of an opinion on the matter, other than that I harbour no bad feelings towards her.

There is also the legislation being brough forward by the Scottish Government to modernise the rules on double jeopardy in Scotland.  This will, of coure, have a profound effect on the criminal justice system in Scotland and we must make sure that the legislation is framed in such a way that it is not open to abuse.

All of these are things I have blogged about in the past and will continue to blog about as they continue to develop and unfold over the coming months.

I’m also on the look out for new and exciting opportunities to fill the time I’m not spending on University work, socialising or sleeping.  So, if you know of any then let me know!

Anyway, I think it’s about time I stopped procrastinating and got back to some hard work looking at the wonders of mental harm in the context of delictual liability!

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