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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 Richard McCormick

Wednesday, 30 November, 2016
Sentencing Statement

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 30 November 2016, Lady Carmichael sentenced Richard McCormick to eight years imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of sexually abusing children.

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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 - Judicial responsibility for Scottish Tribunals - changes to Scotland’s justice system come into effect today

@JudgesScotland - Glasgow High Court: Richard McCormick, found guilty of sexually abusing children, sentenced to 8 years imprisonment

@JudgesScotland - An Order introducing a new framework for JP training comes into force, national curriculum published

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