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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    Tuesday's papers

    Mr Cameron takes a swipe at Mr Miliband "in what promises to be a highly personalised campaign", according to The Herald.

    The Scottish Daily Mail leads with Mr Cameron warning a Labour pact with the SNP would put the Union "in mortal peril".

    The National says the contest is under way as all the Scottish parties kick off their election bids.

    Read what else is making the headlines here.

     
  64.  
    07:56: Scots up for comic fiction prize

    Scottish authors Alexander McCall Smith and Irvine Welsh are among six writers nominated for an award celebrating the year's funniest books.

    Alexander McCall Smith and Irvine Welsh

    Comedienne Helen Lederer, columnist Caitlin Moran and Ireland's Joseph O'Neill are also up for this year's Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize.

    The award is presented at the Hay Festival to the book thought to best capture PG Wodehouse's comic spirit.

    Former nanny Nina Stibbe completes this year's shortlist.

     
  65.  
    07:49: Children fear 'addiction to porn' BBC Radio Scotland

    A tenth of 12 to 13-year-olds fear they are "addicted" to pornography, according to an NSPCC ChildLine survey.

    Teenager with hand-held device

    One in five of nearly 700 youngsters surveyed said they had seen pornographic images that had shocked or upset them, researchers found.

    Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme, Elaine Chalmers from Childline Scotland said: "Some children have talked about accessing it on their parent's computer, others talk about accessing it via media sites.

    "Girls feel they perhaps have to behave like porn stars. Nobody behaves like that in real life and we're trying to talk about that."

     
  66.  
    @bbcchrismclaug Rangers post financial loss Chris McLaughlin BBC Sport

    #Rangers announce loss of £2.6m in six months to Dec 2014. Chairman says they have seven-year plan to get back to the top.

     
  67.  
    @BBCGaryR Coming up... Gary Robertson BBC Radio Scotland

    Latest Scottish leader interview - @theSNP leader @NicolaSturgeon #bbcgms 0810 #GE2015Robertson

    Listen to the interview on BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme by clicking this link.

     
  68.  
    07:36: Election campaign: day two Tim Reid Political correspondent, BBC News

    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.

     
  69.  
    @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.

     
  70.  
    @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.

     
  71.  
    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.

     
  72.  
    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.

     
  73.  
    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.

     
  74.  
    @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.

     
  75.  
    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.

    blood

    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.

     
  76.  
    @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.

     
  77.  
    @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.

     
  78.  
    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.

     
  79.  
    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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