A Fingertip Guide to Scots Criminal Law is a practical and concise summary of Scots criminal law.
Published in a handy and accessible format, this text has become a highly regarded essential source of reference for all criminal court practitioners as well as students of criminal law.
This new edition incorporates the considerable legislative changes in criminal law since publication of the last edition. All sections have been thoroughly updated to incorporate essential developments in The Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 and Scottish case law.
The section on homicide has been significantly updated following the decision of Drury in 2005 and expanded to include detailed commentary on the various forms of culpable homicide;
The commentary on rape has been modified due to the codification of the common law under the 2009 Sexual Relations Act;
A comprehensive overview of Cadder is given shedding light on the relationship of Scots and EU law;
A new section on community payback orders has been added following the 2011 law change.
This text is written in a user-friendly way and includes parallel columns of commentary, case law and statute under both substantive and procedural headings.
Written by experts in criminal law this well established text is an indispensable guide for every busy criminal court practitioner in Scotland.
After spending twenty five years on the Sheriff Court bench Peter Hamilton now tutors at the Glasgow Graduate School of Law.
Substantive law: Offences of Dishonesty: Theft; Reset; Robbery; Fraud; Offences against Property: Malicious Mischief; Fire Raising; Offences against the Person ;Homicide; Assault; Rape; Incest; Public Order Offences: Breach of the Peace; Public Disorder; Mobbing; Harassment; Offences against the Court: Contempt of Court; Perjury; Miscellaneous: Road Traffic; Misuse of Drugs; Offensive Weapons; Principles: Art and part guilt; Conspiracy; Attempt; Procedure: Bail; Judicial examination; Statutory time limits; Special defences: General; Alibi; Impeachment or incrimination; Mental disorder; Self-defence; Necessity; Coercion; Evidence: Admissibility: Best evidence; Competent Evidence; Fairly obtained evidence; Sufficiency; Sentencing: Absolute discharge; Admonition; Anti-social behaviour order; Caution; Community payback order; Compensation order; Deferred sentence; Drug treatment and testing order; Fines; Imprisonment and detention; Offences racially aggravated; Proceeds of crime; Restriction of liberty order; Sex offender order; Bibliography.