Author Archives: Alex Milne

Scottish Government proposals for increased sentences

A consultation was launched on 19 July 2019, closing on 16 August 2019 entitled Wildlife Crime Penalties. I have spent some time already trying to justify adding exactly these changes in a further submission to my petition. I am personally … Continue reading

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Second hearing of Petition on 4 April 2019

I was informed today that the second hearing is to be held on 4 April. There will be no evidence taken, as far as I am aware, and the papers for the meeting will be published on 1 April. The … Continue reading

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A further submission to the Public Petitions committee

I listened to the 12 March meeting of the ECCLRC and read the draft transcript both to see what was revealed about the 2017 Wildlife crime report and because I hoped that a member would ask questions related to the … Continue reading

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Events since my submission to the ECCLRC

The submission was made on 6 March 2019, was accepted as written and issued to members of the committee on the same day. The papers for the meeting were place on the ECCLRC website on 7 March, the public papers … Continue reading

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What on earth is the point of this website? What on earth have you been doing for almost 2 years?

I’m not sure that I can fully answer that, but I’m sure that I have done the right thing. I’ll try to answer this question and others, in no specific order, in this post, by asking and answering what I … Continue reading

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Submission to the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee of the Scottish Parliament

I have been today (6 march 2019) advised that a submission I made earlier today will be sent to committee members and will appear on the government website. It is intended to be read in conjunction with the 2017 wildlife … Continue reading

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A submission to the Public Petitions Committee in February 2019

I have finalised a submission about my petition PE 1705, to be ready for it’s second consideration by the committee. I do not know if other persons will also make submissions at this stage, but others have been asked if … Continue reading

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Another attempt to ask questions of COPFS in February 2019

On 22nd February, I decided to try for a final time to ask 4 questions of COPFS, in order that I could inform the ECCLRC of the questions and answers to the questions, or, failing that, for COPFS to inform … Continue reading

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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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