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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


Monday, 30 March, 2015
Sentencing Statement

At the High Court in Edinburgh on 30 March 2015, Lord Uist sentenced Taylor Diba to six years and four months imprisonment after the accused was convicted of rape and failed to appear at an earlier High Court hearing.

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Determination following examination of facts in Her Majesty’s Advocate v Paul Francis Ward

Friday, 27 February, 2015
Court Opinion

At the High Court in Glasgow on 27 February 2015, Lord Matthews acquitted Paul Francis Ward of the murder of Jean Campbell following an examination of facts.

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@JudgesScotland - New rules for complaints about the conduct of judicial office holders and associated guidance published

@JudgesScotland - Edinburgh High Court: Taylor Diba sentenced to 6 years 4 months for rape and failing to appear at earlier hearing

@JudgesScotland - Glasgow High Court: Stephen Sweeney sentenced to 7.5 years imprisonment for assaulting baby to the danger of his life

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