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Colin David Boyd, Baron Boyd of Duncansby QC (born 7 June 1953) was appointed Lord Advocate for Scotland on February 24, 2000. On April 11, 2006, Downing Street announced that Boyd would take a seat as a crossbench life peer in the House of Lords, [1] and was gazetted as Baron Boyd of Duncansby on 15 June 2006. The official portrait of former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell, who was made a Queens Counsel as Justice Minister in 1992. ... June 7 is the 158th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (159th in leap years), with 207 days remaining. ... 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link is to a full 1953 calendar). ... Her Majestys Advocate, known as the Lord Advocate (Morair Tagraidh in Scots Gaelic), was the chief legal adviser of the United Kingdom Government and the Crown in Scotland for both civil and criminal matters until the passing of the Scotland Act 1998. ... Motto: Nemo me impune lacessit (English: No one provokes me with impunity) Scotlands location within Europe Scotlands location within the United Kingdom Languages English, Gaelic, Scots Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow First Minister Jack McConnell Area - Total - % water Ranked 2nd UK 78,782 km² 1. ... February 24 is the 55th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... April 11 is the 101st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (102nd in leap years). ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 10 Downing Street, commonly known as Number 10, is arguably the most famous street address in London. ... A cross-bencher is a member of the British House of Lords who is not aligned to any particular party. ... In the United Kingdom, Life Peers are appointed members of the Peerage whose titles may not be inherited (those whose titles are inheritable are known as hereditary peers). ... This article is about the British House of Lords. ... June 15 is the 166th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (167th in leap years), with 199 days remaining. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Lord Advocate for Scotland, The Lord Boyd of Duncansby PC QC
Lord Advocate for Scotland, The Lord Boyd of Duncansby PC QC

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Legal evolution

Colin Boyd spent his childhood in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Wick. He was educated at Wick High School and George Watson’s College, Edinburgh and graduated BA (Econ) from Manchester University in politics and economics, and LLB from Edinburgh University. He was a solicitor in private practice before being called to the Scottish Bar in 1983. Boyd was an Advocate Depute from 1993 to 1995 and took Silk (as Queen's Counsel) in 1995. He is a legal Associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute. As an Advocate he built up a practice in administrative law. Edinburgh (pronounced ; Dùn Èideann () in Scottish Gaelic) is the second-largest city in Scotland and the countrys capital city. ... For other uses, see Glasgow (disambiguation). ... Wick is a coastal town on the main highway linking John O Groats with southern Britain, a royal burgh and the county town of Caithness, in the far north of Scotland. ... George Watsons College is a leading co-educational independent school in Scotland, situated on Colinton Road, in the Merchiston area of Edinburgh. ... University of Manchester Motto: Cognitio Sapientia Hvmanitas Knowledge, wisdom, humanity. ... The degree of Bachelor of Laws is the principal academic degree in law in most common law countries. ... The University of Edinburgh was founded in 1583 as a renowned centre for teaching in Edinburgh, Scotland. ... The official portrait of former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell, who was made a Queens Counsel as Justice Minister in 1992. ... The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) is a professional body for town planners in the United Kingdom. ...


Political career

As a university student, he joined the Labour Party but left to join the breakaway Scottish Labour Party, sharing the SLP founder Jim Sillars' distrust of the mainstream Labour Party to follow through on its commitment to devolution. Boyd stood as a parliamentary candidate for the SLP at the 1979 general election but garnered only 176 votes. When the SLP disbanded, after its failure to make an impact at that election, he decided to rejoin the Labour Party rather than follow Sillars into the Scottish National Party. Following the 1997 general election, he was appointed Solicitor General for Scotland. He was promoted to Lord Advocate in 2000 upon the elevation of Andrew Hardie to the bench. He was appointed a Privy Counsellor in 2000. The Labour Party has, since the early twentieth century, been the principal left wing political party in the United Kingdom (see British politics). ... The Scottish Labour Party (SLP) was formed on January 18th 1976 as a breakaway from the UK Labour Party, by Labour members disaffected with the then Labour Governments failure to secure a devolved Scottish Assembly, as well as with its social and economic agenda. ... Jim Sillars was born in 1937 in Ayrshire, Scotland. ... The British general election of May 3, 1979 was a pivotal point in 20th century British politics. ... In Scotland, the Scottish National Party (SNP) is a centre-left political party which campaigns for Scottish independence. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Her Majestys Solicitor General for Scotland (Àrd-neach-lagha a Chrùin an Alba) is one of the Law Officers of the Crown, and the deputy of the Lord Advocate, whose duty is to advise the Crown and the Scottish Executive on Scots Law. ... Andrew Rutherford Hardie, Baron Hardie, PC, QC (b. ... This article concerns the British Sovereigns Privy Council. ...


The announcement on April 11, 2006, of Boyd's appointment to the House of Lords created controversy in Scottish political circles.[2] April 11 is the 101st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (102nd in leap years). ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the British House of Lords. ...


Lockerbie trial

Colin Boyd's role as Lord Advocate featured leading the prosecution in the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing trial between May 2000 and January 2001. Of the two defendants, one – Fhimah – was acquitted and the other – Megrahi – was convicted on January 31, 2001 of 270 counts of murder, and sentenced to 27 years in jail. Controversy continues to surround Megrahi's conviction despite the rejection of his appeal on March 14, 2002. Evidence presented at the trial has been called into question and doubts have been expressed about the reliability of several key prosecution witnesses. According to The Sunday Times of October 23, 2005 former Lord Advocate, Lord Fraser of Carmyllie, described one such witness as "not quite the full shilling" and "an apple short of a picnic". Boyd has demanded that Lord Fraser should issue a public statement clarifying what he actually said about this witness, and what he meant by those remarks. The trial began on May 3, 2000 The Pan Am Flight 103 bombing trial finally began on May 3, 2000, which was 11 years, four months and 13 days after the sabotage of Pan Am Flight 103 on December 21, 1988. ... Fhimah celebrates his acquittal with Colonel Gadaffi Al Amin Khalifa Fhimah (born April 4, 1956) is a former station manager for Libyan Arab Airlines in Luqa airport, Malta. ... Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi (born April 1, 1952) is a former Libyan intelligence officer, head of security for Libyan Arab Airlines, and director of the Center for Strategic Studies in Tripoli. ... January 31 is the 31st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... March 14 is the 73rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (74th in leap years) with 292 days remaining in the year. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... October 23 is the 296th day of the year (297th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 69 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Peter Lovat Fraser, Baron Fraser of Carmyllie, PC, QC (b. ...


Fingerprint controversy

In February 2006, Boyd was drawn into the PC Shirley McKie fingerprint controversy. PC McKie had been wrongly accused by four experts from the Scottish Criminal Record Office(SCRO) of leaving her thumb print at a murder scene in January 1997. McKie was arrested in March 1998, charged with perjury but at her trial in May 1999 the SCRO fingerprint evidence was rejected, and she was acquitted. A senior Scottish police officer, James Mackay QPM, was appointed in June 2000 by the Crown Office to investigate the matter. Mackay's interim report in August 2000 suggested that the evidence given in court by the four SCRO personnel amounted to 'collective manipulation and collective collusion'. As a result, the four fingerprint officers were immediately suspended by SCRO, and Scottish ministers were informed. For the painter see John Constable. ... Shirley McKie Shirley McKie is a former Scottish policewoman. ... Until 2001 the Scottish Criminal Record Office (SCRO) directly controlled the local forensic fingerprint provision for the eight Scottish police forces: Central Scotland Police Dumfries & Galloway Constabulary Fife Constabulary Grampian Police Lothian & Borders Police Northern Constabulary Strathclyde Police Tayside Police Set up by the SCRO in 2001, the Scottish Fingerprint... Until 2001 the Scottish Criminal Record Office (SCRO) directly controlled the local forensic fingerprint provision for the eight Scottish police forces: Central Scotland Police Dumfries & Galloway Constabulary Fife Constabulary Grampian Police Lothian & Borders Police Northern Constabulary Strathclyde Police Tayside Police Set up by the SCRO in 2001, the Scottish Fingerprint... Perjury is the act of lying or making verifiably false statements on a material matter under oath or affirmation in a court of law or in any of various sworn statements in writing. ... former Deputy Chief Constable of Tayside Police, James Mackay James Mackay QPM retired as Deputy Chief Constable of Tayside Police in 2001. ... The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service provides an independent public prosecution service in Scotland. ...


Mackay's final confidential report was presented to the Crown Office in October 2000. The report remained under wraps until extracts were published in the Scotsman newspaper in February 2006. Mackay had concluded that 'cover-up and criminality' had taken place at SCRO and recommended that the four fingerprint officers should be prosecuted. However, the Scotsman also revealed that the Lord Advocate Colin Boyd had decided in September 2001 to take no action in response to Mackay's recommendation, and the four SCRO officers were reinstated. The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service provides an independent public prosecution service in Scotland. ... Scotsman may mean: a man from Scotland, in common parlance (Scotswoman is the equivalent for a woman) The largest bronze statue of a Scotsman is located in Clinton, South Carolina at Presbyterian College, home of the Bluehose. ...


Boyd now faces calls to explain to what extent his decision not to prosecute the SCRO personnel in the autumn of 2000 was related to the then ongoing Pan Am Flight 103 bombing trial, where he was leading the prosecution. With the eyes of the world focused upon the Scottish judicial system, it could have undermined the Crown's case to have the SCRO scrutinized and its fingerprint experts prosecuted for covering up acts of criminality. Veteran campaigner, Tam Dalyell, has asked Colin Boyd 'to consider his position', while former MSP Mike Russell maintained that he cannot continue as Lord Advocate. The trial began on May 3, 2000 The Pan Am Flight 103 bombing trial finally began on May 3, 2000, which was 11 years, four months and 13 days after the sabotage of Pan Am Flight 103 on December 21, 1988. ... Sir Thomas Dalyell of the Binns, 11th Baronet (born 9 August 1932), more commonly known as Tam Dalyell (pronounced ), is a Scottish politician and was a Labour member of the House of Commons from 1962 to 2005. ... Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) (Ball Pàrlamaid na h-Alba (BPA) in Gaelic) is the title given to any one of the 129 individuals elected to serve in the Scottish Parliament. ...


SCCRC

For more than two years, the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) has been conducting a wide-ranging investigation into Megrahi's conviction, and is expected to decide in the first half of 2006 whether to refer the case back to the High Court of Justiciary for a fresh appeal. The Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) is a non-departmental public body in Scotland and was established by the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 and the Crime and Punishment (Scotland) Act 1997. ... The Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) is a non-departmental public body in Scotland and was established by the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 (as amended by the Crime and Punishment (Scotland) Act 1997). ... Seal of the High Court of Justiciary © Crown Copyright The High Court of Justiciary is Scotlands supreme criminal court. ...


Publications

Boyd contributed to a book The Legal Aspects of Devolution published just before the 1997 General election.


External links

  • Police investigations of "politically sensitive" or high profile crimes
  • Cover-up, conspiracy and the Lockerbie bomb connection
  • Mr Boyd explains McKie case prosecution decision, but is silent on any Lockerbie connection
  • Honour for prosecutor causes row
  • James Mackay's confidential report
  • James Mackay's precognition

Precognition in Scots law is the practice of procurators fiscal and the Lord Advocate taking written statements from witnesses when investigating and prosecuting a crime or offence. ...

See also

Preceded by:
Paul Cullen
Solicitor General for Scotland
1997-2000
Succeeded by:
Neil Davidson
Preceded by:
Andrew Hardie
Lord Advocate
2000-
Succeeded by:
current incumbent

  Results from FactBites:
 
Colin Boyd, Baron Boyd of Duncansby - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (939 words)
Colin David Boyd, Baron Boyd of Duncansby QC (born 7 June 1953) was appointed Lord Advocate for Scotland on February 24, 2000.
Boyd was an Advocate Depute from 1993 to 1995 and took Silk (as Queen's Counsel) in 1995.
Boyd now faces calls to explain to what extent his decision not to prosecute the SCRO personnel in the autumn of 2000 was related to the then ongoing Pan Am Flight 103 bombing trial, where he was leading the prosecution.
Scottish Criminal Record Office - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1084 words)
The interim and final reports from Mackay and Robertson came a few months after the start of the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing trial in which Lord Advocate Colin Boyd was leading for the prosecution.
Furthermore two American fingerprint experts, David Grieve and Pat Wertheim – who gave evidence for McKie at her perjury trial – were reportedly warned by the FBI to back off, lest they scupper the trial of the "Lockerbie bombers".
Colin Boyd has denied there was any Lockerbie link.
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