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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

HMA v Ryan Douglas

Friday, 15 May, 2015
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh on 15 May 2015, Judge Paul Arthurson QC sentenced Ryan Douglas to six years imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to attempted rape.

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HMA v Kriss Strachan

Wednesday, 13 May, 2015
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh on 13 May 2015, Lord Boyd of Duncansby imposed an extended sentence of 19 years imprisonment on Kriss Strachan – a custodial term of 12 years followed by an extension period of seven years on licence – after the accused pleaded guilty to rape.

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HMA v Robbie Stewart Lowther

Tuesday, 12 May, 2015
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh on 12 May 2015, Lord Uist sentenced Robbie Lowther to a custodial term of six years and eight months imprisonment followed by an extension period of five years on licence after the accused pleaded guilty to assaulting a woman to her severe injury, permanent disfigurement and to the danger of her life in a knife attack.

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HMA v Steven Mathieson

Thursday, 7 May, 2015
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Livingston on 7 May 2015, Lord Bannatyne sentenced Steven Mathieson to life imprisonment with a punishment part of 22 years after the accused pled guilty to the murder of Luciana Maurer.

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HMA v Christopher Hannah

Tuesday, 5 May, 2015
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Livingston on 5 May 2015, Lord Bannatyne sentenced Christopher Hannah to 12 years and three months imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to the culpable homicide of Sophie Brannan in a “hit-and-run” incident.

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