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Edinburgh schools public speaking competition won by Portobello High School

The final of the Edinburgh Schools Public Speaking Competition took place last night at Broughton High School, Edinburgh.

Organised by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, this is the first time that the competition has run in Edinburgh, after a successful pilot in Glasgow last year.

Crown secures right to take future cash following animal cruelty conviction

Today saw the first ever Proceeds of Crime case in Scotland to target an accused convicted under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2006. On 5 August 2011, officers from the Scottish SPCA attended at a farm, near Airth, with a search warrant.

There had been complaints of puppies being sold from the property in poor condition, and animals were discovered that needed immediate veterinary care, having been kept in squalid conditions without adequate bedding or food. A large number of the animals recovered were suffering from infestations and other illnesses consistent with negligence.

Ten years of the Proceeds of Crime Act nets more than £80 million

More than £12 million worth of proceeds of crime has been recovered in the past year, the Solicitor General Lesley Thomson, QC, announced today.

The specialist prosecutors of the Crown's Serious and Organised Crime Division secured confiscation orders worth over £8 million against convicted drug dealers, benefit fraudsters, and a variety of others including more than £4.3 million alone from those involved in the "black fish" cases.

Glasgow schools pupil’s public speaking competition won by St Paul’s High School

The final of the Glasgow Schools Public Speaking Competition, took place last night at the Scottish Prosecution College, Glasgow.

Organised by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, it follows on from last year’s inaugural competition and the major aim of this years’ competition has been to continue to encourage young people from across the city of Glasgow, and in particular, schools which have not had a tradition of competing in public speaking to enter the start their public speaking careers.

Lord Advocate announces winners at Equality Art Competition Award Ceremony

The Lord Advocate, Frank Mulholland QC, announced the winning students in a South Lanarkshire schools art competition designed to promote equality through art and educate school pupils about hate crime to help eradicate the offences from Scottish society.

Third-year students from Biggar High School, Calderside Academy and John Ogilvie High School took part in the ‘Promoting Equality Together Through Art’ competition to raise awareness amongst young people of the need for equality in our society and the destructive effects hate crime can have on their peers and their community.

Crown pilots the use of tablet devices in court

The benefit of using electronic tablet devices to present cases in court is now being tested by prosecutors.

The “Case Management in Court” pilot is to test the feasibility of using tablet devices to improve the efficiency of court hearings and a bespoke application has been developed for that purpose.