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1 in 4 Brits killed in cars were not wearing a seatbelt

Despite seatbelt-wearing rates of 98.6 per cent for British car drivers, 27 per cent of UK car occupant fatalities in 2017 were not wearing a seatbelt, according to a new report from PACTS.

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Mark Thorley, Director, comments on Legal Aid increases

Mark Thorley, Thorley Stephenson Director and Convener of the Law Society of Scotland’s Civil Legal Aid Committee has commented on the Legal Aid fee increases which took effect from 26th April 2019. 

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Every UK car to have speed limiters by 2020

All new vehicles sold across Europe are to be equipped with speed-limiting technology that automatically stops drivers from exceeding the speed limit, under EU vehicle safety rules. The Department for Transport (DfT) has confirmed that the change will also apply to the UK despite Brexit.

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Declaring criminal convictions on job applications may soon become history, according to study

There has been a call to ban the declaration of unspent criminal convictions on job applications following a study carried out by the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR). The recent study concluded that potential job applicants appear to be avoiding applying for work on the basis that currently they are required to check a box disclosing their unspent convictions.

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Legal Aid Advisory Panel Announced

The Scottish Government has asked experts from across all legal fields to join a panel in order to "advise on an evidence-based approach for a review of fee levels for legal aid services."

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