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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 Daniel Ritchie

Thursday, 1 October, 2015
Sentencing Statement

At the High Court in Edinburgh on 1 October 2015, Lord Boyd of Duncansby sentenced Daniel Ritchie three years and nine months imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to causing the death of Greg Anderson by dangerous driving.

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Timothy Morrison and others v Alistair Carmichael MP and Alistair Buchan

Tuesday, 29 September, 2015
Court Opinion

The legislative provision which makes it an “illegal practice” to make or publish false statements about any candidate during an election campaign can apply to “self-talking” as well as attacking another candidate.

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@JudgesScotland - Edinburgh High Court: Daniel Ritchie sentenced to 3 yrs 9 months imprisonment for causing death by dangerous driving

@JudgesScotland - Edinburgh High Court: James Inglis given an extended sentence of 12 years imprisonment for rape and sexual assault.

@JudgesScotland - Timothy Morrison and others v Alistair Carmichael MP - Press Summary of the Opinion of the Election Court

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