Scottish Feminist Judgments Podcast

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Scottish Feminist Judgments Podcast

Is the law neutral, and does it serve us all equally? The Scottish Feminist Judgements Project attempts to answer these questions. Last year, Dr Chloë Kennedy gave a talk at the Edinburgh PF office for International Women's Day to explain the project. Legal academics and practitioners got together to re-write historical cases through a gendereåd lens. In their re-writing, the feminist judges could only use tools –  laws, evidence, and social understanding of the world – that could have been accessed by the original judge and jury at the time of the original judgement. They have now released a podcast about that work.

Episode 1: Drury – history and cultural legacies

In 1998, Marylin McKenna was murdered by Stuart Drury. Drury was tried for her murder and was found guilty, but he appealed the decision claiming he had been provoked into killing Marylin because she had been unfaithful to him. This appeal has had a profound impact on our law around provocation through sexual infidelity. In this episode, they use Drury’s appeal to take a closer look at the impact of history and cultural legacies on our legal system.

Episode 2: Ruxton v Lang – the importance of perspective

In 1998, Fiona Lang was charged under the Road Traffic Act of being in charge of a motor vehicle while over the limit: drink driving. Fiona pled the defence of necessity, saying she was fleeing in fear for her life. The sheriff dismissed her plea, discounting the evidence that Fiona provided to support her claim. She was charged, and leave to appeal was refused.

This episode, by discussing Fiona’s story, we take a closer look at the impact of perspective in legal decision making. Whose stories are told in court? Whose stories matter? What type of evidence is deemed legally relevant, and what type is disregarded?

Episode 3: Coyle v Coyle – the practice of fairness

Mr and Mrs Coyle were married for 25 years. After several years of being separated, Mrs Coyle filed for divorce. They had accumulated some wealth over the years, and they agreed to share this wealth evenly. However, Mrs Coyle wanted further compensation above and beyond that.

In this third and final episode, we will look at the Coyles’s case to explore whether there is difference between the spirit of a law and the way it is applied in practice.


Listen to the podcast

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Article by: Corporate Communications


Period18 Sep 2020

Media contributions


Media contributions

  • TitleScottish Feminist Judgments Podcast
    Media name/outletCrown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service intranet
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Producer/AuthorFiona Caldwell, COPFS
    PersonsChloë Kennedy