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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 Norman Gartshore

Tuesday, 22 May, 2018
Sentencing Statement

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 22 May 2018, Lord Arthurson sentenced Norman Gartshore to six years’ imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of historical child sex offences.

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SSE Generation Ltd (SSE) v Hochtief Solutions AG

Tuesday, 10 April, 2018
Court Opinion

Scottish & Southern Energy (SSE) has succeeded in an appeal for £130 million damages against Hochtief Solutions AG following the collapse of a tunnel at the Glendoe hydro-electric scheme in 2009. An Appellate Division of the Court of Session allowed a reclaiming motion by SSE against a decision of the Court of Session, which found that Hochtief was not liable for the collapse, although the commercial judge at that stage had awarded £1 million to SSE to reflect the period during which the electricity generation scheme was out of operation. The following is a summary of the court opinion:

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