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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 Gary Gallagher aka Watson

Wednesday, 20 July, 2016
Sentencing Statement

At the High Court in Edinburgh on 20 July 2016, Lady Scott imposed an order for lifelong restriction on Gary Gallagher with a punishment part of five years after the accused was convicted of rape and physical and sexual assaults against three female partners.

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Gordon Ross v Lord Advocate

Friday, 19 February, 2016
Court Opinion

The failure by the Lord Advocate to adopt and publish a policy identifying the facts and circumstances which he will take into account in deciding whether or not to authorise the prosecution in Scotland of a person who assists another to commit suicide does not breach human rights law, appeal judges have ruled.

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@JudgesScotland - Sheriff Craig Turnbull has been appointed as the new Sheriff Principal of Glasgow and Strathkelvin

@JudgesScotland - Edinburgh High Court: Gary Gallagher given an OLR for rape and physical and sexual assaults against female partners

@JudgesScotland - Hamilton Sheriff Court: Scott Thomas sentenced to five years imprisonment for sexually abusing two girls

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