Sheridan update – bottle banked

I have avoided posting anything on the Sheridan saga, pending the forthcoming court hearing.  However, one piece of news reported today is particularly noteworthy.

As one who feels that a perjury trial should proceed (and that an investigation was inevitable – both for reasons expressed back in my archive) I was uncomfortable with the arrest of Gail Sheridan in relation to her miniature bottles.  That this did not lead to a prosecution but instead to her being suspended from work – seemed to ill-serve the investigation.  Well, today it is reported that Gail is to get back to work and has been cleared by an internal BA enquiry in relation to all allegations of theft in relation to the bottles.

Now this unnecessary distraction is over we await the perjury trial.

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4 Responses to Sheridan update – bottle banked

  1. hoiho says:

    Legal question, randomly appended to your otherwise unrelated post:
    Do the currrent bills for 48 day pre-charge detention, and anonymous witnesses have any impact on Scots Law?
    Are we heading for rapidly diverging legal systems North and South of the border, after 100 years of moving closer together?

    • Sorry for the delay in geeting back to you. I’ve been ill, and wanted to have a look at the stuff you refer to before replying.
      My understanding is that the anonymous witness provisions only apply in England and Wales (although the Scottish judges raised similar comment sni the House of LOrds case – but I am not sure that the Scottish courts similarly rely on anonymous witnesses to such an extent). My own view is that the new legislation will probably be challenged and the judges may say it goes too far, given the terms of the initial House of Lords decision.
      The 42 day pre-charge detention rule will apply across the UK as teh law relating to terrorism is reserved.
      Your question is interesting. Scots criminal law has always had lotsa of differences and in my own areas (property, insolvency, and debt enforcement) the law in Scotland and ENgland is very different. Our system of property law is very roman (people own things – menaing others do not own it) while England’s is bizarre (people have relative entitlements to assets, so I am better entitled to this than X, but Y may be better entitled than me – while in Scotland Y owns it, hence X and I do not). Debt enforcement is very different – our rules trace back to the 16th and early 17th centuries &c. Accordinglky, I would disagree with your premiss that there was convergence. That may have been the case in some areas (mainly commercial law and delict/tort) – but in other areas the laws developed quite separately, oiften due to the lack of parliamentary time to reform Scots law at Westminster meaning courts developed it piecemeal.
      Best wishes
      Scott

      • hoiho says:

        Thanks for that. My comment re convergance comes from my broad (mis?) understanding of the historic legislative process (I’m originally a politics graduate) where the pre-devolution tendancy was to shoehorn many measures into a UK-wide bill rather that enact a more carefully considered (Scotland) act as well – a reality reflected in your last sentence.This was especially true in the days of the Tharcher/Major governments when the Scottish Grand Committe went into abeyance, as there were few, or no, government pary members to sit on it.
        I’m finding it increasingly hard to tease out, from news reports, what (and which) Government measures apply to which jurisdiction – the 42 days, for example, could be under reserved terrorism, or it could be devolved court procedure.

        • Much legislation is on public law (environmental/tax/administrative law &c). In some aspects Scots law was quite distinct (planning/local government &c). In others a “kilt” was put on English legislation. Where dealing with relations between individuals and the state – much the same rights are given across the board. Since 1972 much of the public law of this country (especially on the environment &c) has been inspired by Europe and the convergence of the systems actually serves to fit better with Scotland (whcih has a more European source) – it is sometimes argued.

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