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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 Robert Scott

Tuesday, 26 January, 2016
Sentencing Statement

At the High Court in Edinburgh on 26 January 2016, Judge Arthurson QC sentenced Robert Scott to five years imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to assault to severe injury and danger of life.

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Timothy Morrison and others v Alistair Carmichael MP and Alistair Buchan

Wednesday, 9 December, 2015
Court Opinion

A petition challenging the election of Alistair Carmichael as Liberal Democrat MP for Orkney and Shetland has been refused after judges ruled it had not been proved beyond reasonable doubt that he had committed an “illegal practice”.

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@JudgesScotland - The first appointments to the newly created judicial office of summary sheriff have been announced

@JudgesScotland - RT @Lawscot: The Lord President addressed our Council on Friday and set out his vision for redesigning the Scottish courtroom

@JudgesScotland - HM Advocate v Craig Whyte & others: hearing assigned for 1/2/16 discharged. The case will now call on Tuesday 2 Feb

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