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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

@JudgesScotland - Glasgow High Court: Alasdair McCulloch sentenced to four-and-a-half years’ imprisonment, having pleaded guilty to l…

@JudgesScotland - Glasgow High Court: Traherne Williams sentenced to six-and-a-half years’ imprisonment, having pleaded guilty to the…

@JudgesScotland - Edinburgh High Court: Roger Crossan sentenced to life imprisonment with a punishment part of 21 years, having plead…

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