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Legal History made over 'Dock Identification'

Added: (Tue Aug 02 2005)

Pressbox (Press Release) - Scottish Law Lords had an appeal decision overturned by THE LORDS OF THE JUDICIAL COMMITTEE OF THE PRIVY COUNCIL in London when Scotland's Jimmy Holland made legal history with respect to ‘dock’ identification in court.

On 11 May 2005, the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London overturned a decision made by the Scottish Law Lords, this is first time this has happened. Mr Holland's appeal that was turned down by the Scottish Law Lords on two robbery charges on the strength of dock identification and non-disclosure by the prosecution has been won.

Winning this appeal has massive implications too complicated to go into, but it may will open the floodgates for those that have endured ‘dock identification’ and will change the way Scottish courts use this outdated and unsafe way of helping to convict people.

Jimmy Holland's solicitor, Jack Brown of Brown’s Solicitors, says in Glasgow said: ‘This is the first time this happened, a Scottish conviction has been overturned outside of Scotland by the Privy Council in London. An interim liberation appeal has been set in motion and this will be heard in the next week or so and it could see Jimmy being released.’

14 July 2005

Mr Holland won freedom in an application to the courts by virtue of what is called interim liberation.

To read the Law Lords ruling, go to this link page:

Jimmy Holland has his life story in book form due to hit the bookshelves, which is an opportune time for him to capitalise on his court win.

See Jimmy's book 'Lost In Care':


Submitted by:Stephen Richards
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