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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 David Anderson

Thursday, 29 September, 2016
Sentencing Statement

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 29 September 2016, Lord Boyd of Duncansby sentenced David Anderson to six years imprisonment after the accused pleaded guilty to the culpable homicide of Louise O’Brien.

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Thomas Sheridan v News Group Newspapers Limited

Friday, 19 August, 2016
Court Opinion

Summary of Opinion issued by Lady Paton, Lord Drummond Young & Lord McGhie

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@JudgesScotland - High Court: David Anderson sentenced to 6yrs in prison after pleading guilty to culpable homicide of Louise O’Brien

@JudgesScotland - High Court: Ronald Smith and Kristopher Marshall sentenced for assaulting prison officers and wilful fire-raising

@JudgesScotland - Livingston Sheriff Court: Francis Cassidy given an extended sentence of 5 years for sexual offences against a child

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