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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 - a first for judges in Scotland. We hope that you find ithis 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


Friday, 30 January, 2015
Sentencing Statement

At the High Court in Glasgow on 30 January 2015, Judge John Beckett QC sentenced John Paul Bird to life imprisonment with a punishment part of 18 years after the accused was convicted of the murder of John Bulloch.

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Petition for Judicial Review of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014

Thursday, 22 January, 2015
Court Opinion

Lord Pentland refused the petition for judicial review of ‘named person’ legislation. The petition was raised by four charities and three individuals who contended that the provisions contained in the Act were outside the Parliament's legislative competance

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@JudgesScotland - Glasgow High Court: John Paul Bird sentenced to life imprisonment (punishment part 18yrs) for murder of John Bulloch

@JudgesScotland - Edinburgh High Court: Darren Handren sentenced to 20 months imprisonment for possession of counterfeit money

@JudgesScotland - Edinburgh High Court: Jason Forbes sentenced to 32 months for being concerned in the supply of a class A drug

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