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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 Paul Johnson

Thursday, 15 November, 2018
Sentencing Statement

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 15 November 2018, Lord Boyd of Duncansby sentenced Paul Johnson to four years’ imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to wilful fire-raising aggravated by religious prejudice. On sentencing, Lord Boyd made the following statement in court:

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Trustees of J Gibsone of Pentlands Trust v James Telfer

Wednesday, 3 October, 2018
Court Opinion

In a judgment issued today, 3 October, 2018, the Scottish Land Court has refused to authorise the resumption[i] of two smallholdings[ii] at Pentland Mains, Midlothian, which were to have been the site of Scotland’s national film studio, a project described by the Scottish Government in 2017 as being “of national importance”[iii].

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@JudgesScotland - RT @Clutha_FAI: Two further applications to participate in the #CluthaFAI have been granted following a hearing today. The next preliminary…

@JudgesScotland - RT @Clutha_FAI: #CluthaFAI hearing to consider further applications to participate in the FAI will be on 21 November in courtroom 20 at Gla…

@JudgesScotland - Edinburgh High Court: Paul Johnson sentenced to four years’ imprisonment having pleaded guilty to wilful fire-raisi…

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