Court reporter sticks to his jurisdiction

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Jul 14, 2017
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Rod Liddle, the purveyor of robust opinions in The Sunday Times and The Sun, told a tale yesterday illustrating how even the most experienced of journalists can go wrong when reporting on the courts.

Liddle, a former editor of BBC Radio 4’s Today, told a gathering in London that years ago a BBC news presenter was interviewing a fellow journalist on air about a high profile murder case. The presenter back in the studio discussed with the reporter that day’s evidence and the journalist at courtside gave a fair and contemporaneous account of the proceedings.

So far, so good, said Liddle. “Then, as the interview was finishing,” related Liddle, “the presenter in the studio had the bright idea of asking one more question. And it was: ‘Well then, Steve, [names have been changed], do you reckon the defendant did it?’”

Liddle said there was a long pause before the reporter on the ground had the common sense to respond: “I think that’s one for the jury.”

Scottish law society casts wide net

Calling all Scottish-qualified solicitors working abroad – your governing body needs you, no matter how far flung you find yourselves.

On Wednesday, the Law Society of Scotland opened nominations from its members overseas who still fancy a place on its ruling council. “An increasingly globalised legal market and the society’s strategic commitment to becoming a world class organisation, has made it pertinent for the needs and views of Scottish solicitors with international careers and its solicitor advocate members to be reflected on council,” explained officials in Edinburgh.

Graham Matthews, the organisation’s president, added: “It is vital that we continually strive to ensure that all of our members are represented in the decision making process. The need for international and solicitor advocate members is a positive reflection of the increasing diversity and modernisation of our profession.”

Nominations will be open until August 30 for any Scots solicitors sitting in Timbuktu who are pining for haggis and deep fried confectionery and fancy the odd expenses-paid jaunt home.

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