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Update re the COP26 Duty Solicitor Scheme

Dear colleague,

The Royal Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow is as aware as any solicitor or legal organisation in Scotland as to issues around legal aid and access to justice. No-one looking in objectively and fairly can interpret the current and longstanding regime of funding for the poorest and most vulnerable in this country as anything other than grossly unfair and unsatisfactory.

We as an institution support our members, solicitors generally and the public of Scotland in seeking a better and a stronger system of legal aid. Sometimes there is a need for positive action on top of the regular negotiation and pressure that is put on government and the Scottish Legal Aid Board. That action has to be proportionate, professional and productive.

Akin to the other caring professions, any withdrawal of labour is a double-edged sword. Those already in distress have to suffer the withdrawal of their support – i.e. solicitors – when in most need. No matter how conscientious our intentions, this can be deployed for negative publicity by those who oppose our aims. Lawyers rarely get a good press, and a strike, or the equivalent, can frankly be spun against us.

We recognise Cop26 presents as an opportunity for a major, indeed international, showcase for solicitors’ grievances. The potential for large numbers of new cases arising from demonstrations and civil protest action has brought a likely need for solicitors to work harder even than usual in doing our part in processing new and large numbers of cases. It is perfectly logical that this is taken as an opportunity to do what is needed to bolster our case for more adequate funding and recognitions.

But the very scale of the event has other connotations. Public order may be compromised by withdrawal of labour – or at very least presented as such. Individual clients will be forced to ensure a more difficult time being prosecuted than otherwise. And the absence of lawyers leaves a gap for those opposing or criticising us to gain more traction than they would otherwise.

Any negative warning here is based not on lack of support or understanding. But experience has shown that unilateral actions of this sort are in the realm of gesture politics, and have never done much for us, and have been frankly a catalyst for criticism – even ridicule. Such gains as there have been – it is right to say these have been limited, and there is a long way to go – have been by careful, determined and hard-working negotiation, in a calm and determined manner, over time. Our case is right, but we have needed to go slowly and grindingly. Drama and gesture have done nothing to advance the cause.

We ask all those concerned to take a calm, studied and professional approach.

TANQ - Trainee and Newly Qualified Society Committee Members

TANQ (the Royal Faculty's Society for trainee and NQ lawyers) is looking to recruit new Committee members.

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Glasgow Legal Walk 2021

The Royal Faculty is very pleased to be sponsoring the Glasgow Legal Walk 2021 which takes place on Tuesday 28 September 2021 from 5.30pm.

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Commercial Conveyancing Solicitor

Archibald Sharp

Solicitors and Estate Agents

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SCTS survey for legal professionals involved in Jury Trials in the Sheriff Court and High Court

The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service is seeking feedback from those involved with jury trials following the introduction of new arrangements for conducting jury trials with jurors in remote jury centres and would be grateful if those involved with jury trials could assist by completing a short survey.

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Coronavirus Guidance in respect of Civil and Criminal Business

Updated Civil and Criminal Guidance for Glasgow and Strathkelvin Sheriffdom - both take effect next Monday, 28th June 2021.

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AGM 3 June 2021

At the Royal Faculty's AGM on 3 June Donald Reid demitted office as Dean.

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Annual General Meeting 3.6.21 at 1pm

The Royal Faculty's Annual General Meeting will be held via Zoom on Thursday, 3rd of June 2021 at 1pm. 

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Royal Faculty Library

From 17 May 2021 the library will be open as follows - 
Mon.-Thurs.    9am-7pm
Fri.                  9am-5pm

It is also hoped that weekend opening will restart very soon.

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RFPG Arbitration Service

As the business world starts to face up to a gradual return to what was normal, all forecasts suggest disputes will rise. Business should be giving thought to how best to have these resolved.

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SCTS - Online Document Submission

SCTS news bulletin re the use of "Civil Online" for the online submission of documents - from Monday17 May the new facility will be available at all sheriff courts and for use by any solicitor.

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The TANQ Society is looking to recruit a new Committee member

The TANQ Society is looking to recruit a new Committee member

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Youth Court - Glasgow Sheriff Court

Glasgow Sheriff Court are now in a position to start its Youth Court pilot.

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Glasgow Sheriff Court

In an effort to properly utlise the space available Glasgow Sheriff Court has issued a “revised” base programme, which will come in to effect from Monday 19 April 2021 (that is, after the Easter school holiday – in which a reduced programme operates).

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Consultation on Register of Child Welfare Reporters

Scottish Government Consultation on the establishment of the registers of child welfare reporters; curators ad litem appointed in cases under s. 11 of the 1995 Act; and solicitors who can be appointed when an individual has been prohibited from personally conducting a case themselves (covering both cases under s. 11 and children's hearing court proceedings).

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Court - easing of restrictions and Refixing Orders

 

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Scottish Standard Clauses (4th ed.)

The latest edition of the Scottish Standard Clauses (Edition 4) will go 'live' on 1 March 2021.

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Child Welfare Hearings

Letter from the Sheriff Principal re participation of parties in Child Welfare Hearings at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

Covid-19 current Court arrangements and safety measures

Letter sent from the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service to Faculty Deans and Presidents of Bar Associations re safety arrangements in the Court system.

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RFPG Library

In light of official guidance regretfully the library will be closed to readers until the end of January.  Library staff will continue to provide an enquiry and research service, responding to requests for information by telephone and email. Textbooks and other resources will be able to be collected from and returned to the library (please contact the library in advance). 

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