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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 Gordon James Flett

Wednesday, 19 July, 2017
Sentencing Statement

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 19 July 2017, Lord Uist sentenced Gordon Flett to six years and four months imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to being concerned in the supply of cocaine.

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Susan O'Brien QC v The Scottish Ministers

Wednesday, 5 July, 2017
Court Opinion

The Court of Session has dismissed a claim by the former Chair of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry that a decision by the Scottish Ministers to instigate the process for terminating her appointment amounted to a material breach of contract and infringed her human rights. The following is a summary of the opinion of Lord Pentland.

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Related FAQs

Q.Do all judges wear robes? Why do judges wear different robes in civil and criminal courts?
Q.Do you have to be a certain age to be a judge?
Q.How do I address a judge in court?
Q.What is the significance of the crosses on judges’ robes?
Q.Who chooses judges?

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@JudgesScotland - High Court: Gordon Flett sentenced to 6 years and 4 months imprisonment for being concerned in the supply of cocaine

@JudgesScotland - PI Court: Judgment provides guidance on information to be place before court where procedural history is referred to

@JudgesScotland - Sheriff Court: Ajay Varma sentenced to four years imprisonment for having sexual intercourse with an older child

A day in the life of


Judges spend a great deal of time working on cases before and after court and have to do a lot of preparation for the day ahead. Read about a typical day for a judge.