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Judiciary of Scotland

Welcome to the website of the judiciary in Scotland.  You will find lots of information about judges, the work they do in each of the different courts and some helpful advice if you are attending court or simply want to come in and see what happens.  

You can also find up-to-date information on the latest sentencing statements which will allow you to read what a judge has said in court on passing sentence.  We also publish summaries of opinions, fatal accident inquiry determinations and other major court decisions in Scotland.

Website of the Judiciary in Scotland

Message from the Lord President


Welcome to the judicial website. We hope that you find this website both helpful and informative. It is our intention to publish as much information as we can, as quickly as we can. We believe it is vital in a democracy that justice is not only seen to be done, but that it operates in an open and transparent way and contributes to public understanding and awareness of what takes place in courts each day across Scotland.

Lord President

HMA v Joel Julienne and Gary McIntyre

Wednesday, 26 October, 2016
Sentencing Statement

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 26 October 2016, Lord Boyd of Duncansby sentenced Joel Julienne to three years nine months imprisonment and Gary McIntyre to two years three months after both accused pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of drugs.

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Scotch Whisky Association and others v Lord Advocate and Advocate General for Scotland

Friday, 21 October, 2016
Court Opinion

A summary of the Opinion of the Court in the reclaiming motion by the Scotch Whisky Association and others against the Lord Advocate and the Advocate General for Scotland.

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@JudgesScotland - Office of Sheriff vacancies: one based in Fort William and one based in Oban

@JudgesScotland - High Court: Joel Julienne and Gary McIntyre sentenced to imprisonment for being concerned in the supply of cannabis

@JudgesScotland - Edinburgh High Court: Niall Dinsmore to sentenced five years imprisonment for being in possession of firearms

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