Court dates reduced for duration of Commonwealth Games

Glasgow High court The Glasgow 2014 cycling time trial means Glasgow High Court will be closed on 31 July

Scotland's two busiest courts are to be affected by the Commonwealth Games later this month.

After the Games begin on 23 July, there will be no summary trials and a limited number of jury courts running at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

The High Court will also be closed on 31 July due to the cycling time trial, leaving from the nearby Glasgow Green.

The Glasgow Bar Association say the reduced business will slow down an already clogged system.

Solicitor Martin Hughes, the president of the Glasgow Bar Association, said: "There are delays enough already in the courts without factoring in the Commonwealth Games period."

The Scottish Court Service said that they have have been working to minimise any delays.

A spokesperson said: "The Scottish Court Service has been working collaboratively with justice organisations to put in place suitable court programming arrangements during the Commonwealth Games.

"Impact on court programming is minimal however collaboration includes reducing wherever possible the requirement for police witnesses to attend court during the duration of the games.

"Specifically Glasgow High Court business will be re-scheduled on 31 July by one day."

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    Glasgow City Council's licensing board will consider a request for a permanent closure order at a meeting on Wednesday.

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    Police have seized about 100,000 diazepam tablets and four kilos of cannabis worth up to £160,000 from an Edinburgh house.


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    Greig John Strachan, 33, from Edinburgh appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Monday and was charged under the Misuse Drugs Act 1971.

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    Jim Murphy

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    "It is a scandal that thousands of Scots are forced to exist on food hand-outs," he said.

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    Drivers have been urged to take extra care over pedestrians, cyclists, horse riders and bikers after the start of British Summer Time.


    Police said that while nights would be getting brighter there could be a risk of poorer visibility in the mornings.

    Insp Neil Hewitson, of Dumfries and Galloway's roads policing unit, urged motorists to take extra care.

    He also asked drivers to be aware of an increase in the number of motorbikes on the roads as the days lengthened.

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    Steven Davidson admitted shaking the baby girl to her severe injury and danger of life at a house in Dumbarton, West Dunbartonshire, on 3 October 2012.

    The 23-year-old was looking after the child while her mother was asleep.

    The child, now aged two, cannot sit upright or communicate and needs round-the-clock care.

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    12:07: Engine trouble

    An investigation is under way after a Wick-bound plane had to return to Aberdeen with one of its two engines out of operation.

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    11:49: A&E targets missed

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    The latest data shows a decline in performance across the country, with 91.7% of people in A&E being seen, treated and either discharged or admitted in four hours or less.


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    The lowest proportion of cases dealt with within four hours was at the Western Infirmary/Gartnavel Hospital in Glasgow, where the figure was 71.7%.

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    11:38: School food restrictions mooted

    Rules about where and when street traders can sell food near schools in Dumfries and Galloway may change.

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    Councillors will examine the effect they have on children's eating habits.

    A report to the region's education committee will highlight statistics that suggest more than a quarter of children in Dumfries and Galloway are at risk of being overweight or obese.

    It estimates a third of pupils consume junk food during school hours.

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    Lib Dem Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland, said the cash was needed to tackle the extra pressures facing the health service from new treatments and people living longer.

    "We value the NHS," he said. "We want to see it grown and adapt to the community it serves. That's why we're prepared to put our money where our mouth is."

    11:06: Homeless figures down

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    About 7,900 homelessness applications were received by Scottish councils between October and December 2014, a 5% drop on the same period the previous year.


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    Housing minister Margaret Burgess welcomed the figures, which she said showed progress was being made.

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    Oil and gas services company Wood Group has been awarded a multi-million dollar North Sea contract by French oil giant Total.

    Total platforms in North Sea

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    Nicola Sturgeon

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    "I've said all along that a formal coalition with Labour is highly unlikely and I don't change my position on that.

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    Nicola Sturgeon is outlining the SNP's policies as it seeks votes at the upcoming general election.

    Nicola Sturgeon

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    "I don't want to see another Tory government but nor do I want to see a labour government left to its own devices," she says.

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    Alexander McCall Smith and Irvine Welsh

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    Teenager with hand-held device

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    For the UK campaigns, David Cameron will be trying to convince voters today that his party will be able to create two million new jobs - if they formed the next government.

    Labour will also say that those jobs the Tories have claimed in government so far are far too low paid jobs; those zero hour contracts...

    Alistair Carmichael will say in Scotland that the Lib Dems will secure better healthcare: it's not, of course, a Westminster issue but will play, I think, a huge part in this election.

    The SNP have said they'd vote on English health issues, were they given the chance in Westminster, because of the financial impact on the Scottish health service.

    @BBCScotWeather A look ahead to today's weather... BBC Scotland Weather Latest

    Met Office warnings for wind and ice are in place across much of the country.

    A showery and very windy start before a mixture of sunshine and showers later, falling as snow on the high ground, with some sleet and hail to lower levels.

    The odd rumble of thunder is likely too.

    @BBCTravelScot Travel update: Aberdeen BBC Scotland Travel Latest

    Tweet: #Aberdeenshire the B966 through Fettercairn is blocked by fallen tree just south of the Thornyhill Jcn. Council is en-route.

    07:25: Art school architect to be named

    Glasgow School of Art is due to announce details of the architect chosen to lead the restoration of the fire-damaged Mackintosh building.

    Mackintosh building, GSA

    Five companies were shortlisted in January.

    They are Avanti Architects, John McAslan and Partners, LDN Architects LLP, Page\Park Architects, and Purcell.

    Each firm was asked to submit detailed proposals for how it would restore the art nouveau building which was badly damaged in the blaze last May.

    07:18: Call for larger Holyrood committees

    Holyrood's presiding officer has set out reform proposals which would see fewer but larger and more powerful committees in the Scottish Parliament.

    Tricia Marwick

    In a lecture to the David Hume Institute, Tricia Marwick called for a fundamental look at how the committees operate.

    She also wants committee conveners to be elected by their peers.

    The Scottish Parliament currently has 17 committees, with 132 places shared among 80 MSPs.

    07:13: Scotland need to do more - McGhee BBC Sport Scotland

    Scotland assistant manager Mark McGhee is pleased with the progress the side are making but thinks performances may need to improve in order to reach Euro 2016.

    Scotland remain third in Group D after beating Gibraltar at Hampden

    The Scots are third in Group D, with 10 points from five matches.

    "All we've done is achieve what would've been expected," said McGhee. "To qualify, we're probably going to have to do a little bit better."

    Sunday's 6-1 victory against Gibraltar leaves Scotland one point behind section leaders Poland, who were held 1-1 by a last-minute Republic of Ireland goal.

    @BBCTravelScot Travel update BBC Scotland Travel Latest

    Windy out - speed restriction on #A90 FRB... warnings too for the Dornoch/Clackmannanshire bridges, Erskine bridge closed to high sided vehicles.

    07:07: Demands for better patient protection

    Patient safety campaigners are due to meet Scotland's health minister to demand stronger measures in the wake of a series of health scandals.


    The campaigners will argue that an independent health regulator needs to be established to protect the public.

    Last Wednesday the Penrose Inquiry into the contaminated blood disaster found that the NHS in Scotland put public safety at risk.

    It had continued to collect blood from prisoners during the 1980s.

    @BBCScotWeather 'Cold, showery & windy start' BBC Scotland Weather Latest

    Tweet: Good morning. A cold, showery & very windy start. Risk of ice for some this am. Showers wintry on high ground. Severe gales on the west coast & south.

    @BBCGaryR Coming up...

    BBC News - Election 2015: Parties focus on poverty, austerity, NHS & housing. Details from @TimReidBBC

    Good Morning Scotland

    You can listen live to the programme here.

    07:02: Parties hit the campaign trail...

    Healthcare, house-buying, poverty and austerity are the issues Scottish political parties are highlighting on the second day of general election campaigning.

    Coins in hand with notes in background

    Scottish Labour will focus on the rise in food bank use, while the SNP will outline its anti-austerity plan.

    The Scottish Lib Dems will pledge to improve the NHS, and the Conservatives will criticise changes to stamp duty.

    Voters across the UK go to the polls on 7 May.

    07:00: Rise and shine... Thomas McGuigan BBC Scotland News

    Good morning and a warm welcome to Tuesday's edition of Scotland Live.

    News, sport, travel, weather and your views on the biggest issues of the day between now and 19:00.



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