Author Archives: Alex Milne

A change of direction.

This has been a traumatic couple of weeks for me. I have no qualifications in Scots Law, which has meant that, although I can understand the general meaning of an Act as well as anyone, and realise that even a … Continue reading

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The implications of my review of correspondence

There has to be implications for my petition, as I have recognised for some time, and my understanding of the matter has changed since I first submitted the petition in March 2018.   I shall assume that “The purpose of investigating … Continue reading

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A final consideration of the correspondence COPFS to ECCLRC

I have decided, for the present, not to include in any submission I am able to make to a Scottish Government committee a review of the letter from the Crown Office Procurator Fiscal Service(COPFS) in support of petition PE1705, except … Continue reading

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Update on 14th November 2018

I had a letter from the Scottish government yesterday which said that the Poustie recommendations needed consultation as well as legislation being drawn up.  It was listed to be legislated in the 2017/18 year but now only the consultation will … Continue reading

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Update on 7th November 2018

The petition will not be considered this week and likely not until replies have been heard from interested parties who will have been approached about whether they wish to make a submission. If you are interested please contact me or … Continue reading

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What to include in my submission to the Scottish Government committee?

I have now to write my submission, which will likely be needed before my petition is heard, likely at the ECCLRC. I need to make a decision as to whether what I believe happened in the Crown Office and COPFS … Continue reading

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Update on 2nd November 2018

The minutes of the meeting and the official report have now been published. There is the most useful information in then official report, and I append below the extract about this petition, which is more detailed than I was able … Continue reading

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My future actions

This petition is well under way now and I have enough material here to make a submission to any committee which may handle it in future. The public petitions committee seemed keen for it to go to the EECLRC, which … Continue reading

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Update on 24th October 2018

The televised committee meeting tomorrow at 0915 will not take evidence from me, but the Agenda includes this about my petition. I won’t attend, but will watch. The Clerk note seems fair enough, and can be seen in full on … Continue reading

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Update on 28th September, 2018.

The petition is now described as lodged, and I await a date when it will go to the petitions committee. It may even be in the next 2 weeks, looking at the petition numbers at the last meeting. I am … Continue reading

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A conspiracy theory. A tale of two illegal spring traps.

This post has no bearing on my petition, which can stand on it’s own feet. The Guardian article about an illegal spring trap on the Tillypronie estate had not even been written when I submitted the petition. It helps me give a … Continue reading

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A review of blogs posted on the Aberdeen University website about video evidence in wildlife crime cases

I am going to cover some of the areas in several blogs posted on the Law section of the university website. I am not going to cover all of the content of the blogs, just a selection with which I … Continue reading

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The information I need from COPFS

Note This is subject to change, as are all posts, where errors are detected. History. My MSP was contacted by the Cabinet secretary for the Environment, Climate and Land Reform committee (EECLRC) suggesting that I could contact the Crown Office … Continue reading

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Choice of wording to allow video evidence in court

The present wording is: The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 be amended by adding in a Section 19B entitled “Admissibility of evidence in Scotland”: “In any proceedings in Scotland for any offence under Part 1 there shall be a presumption … Continue reading

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My beliefs and aims

There are many people opposed to law breaking. I’m interested only in wildlife crime, although I should expand that by saying I’m also opposed to those who support organised crime. My position is quite similar to that of the RSPB, … Continue reading

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A case study. Special constables in the Cairngorms – could they set cameras?

To determine if the Special constables in the Cairngorms National Park could set covert cameras on illegal traps. Summary. I have examined the law in Scotland on this matter. The police could not apply for authorisation to set a covert … Continue reading

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Update on 16th August 2018

The petition is now classed as open on the government website at   Petition PE01705 I now need to collect signatures which I had hoped to avoid so please go to the website and sign the petition if you agree with … Continue reading

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The hoped for effects of the Petition, now open.

The petition is now open today 16th August 2018, and is online at : Petition PE01705 I had originally asked that I would not collect signatures, but would allow comments on the petition. This apparently cannot be done, so people … Continue reading

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Post 1. The letter from COPFS to the EECLRC convener. (mild)

This is one of a series of posts about specific parts of the areas which will be covered in the submission to the committee(s) if my petition reaches that stage. It is not intended even to be a draft section, … Continue reading

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Post 2. A deeper look at the proposal for increasing sentences.

Please understand that I am not seeking to undermine the independence of the Scottish Justice system, and will take no action which leads to that. The petition does not this aim either, and will not mention much of the contents … Continue reading

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