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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 Edmond Reid

Friday, 19 May, 2017
Sentencing Statement

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 19 May 2017, Lord Woolman sentenced Edmond Reid to an extended sentence of nine years’ imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of assault to severe injury and to the danger of life. The custodial term will be five years, followed by an extension period of four years on licence.

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RSPB v The Scottish Ministers & others

Tuesday, 16 May, 2017
Court Opinion

An appellate Division of the Court of Session has upheld appeals by the Scottish Ministers against orders by a judge at first instance that their decisions to grant consents for the construction of four offshore wind farms in the North Sea were "unlawful".

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@JudgesScotland - High Court: Edmond Reid given extended sentence of nine years for assault to severe injury and danger of life

@JudgesScotland - High Court: James Hilton sentenced to four years and two months imprisonment for causing death by dangerous driving

@JudgesScotland - SSPCA fined for breaching Health and Safety at Work Act

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