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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 Michael Stuart

Tuesday, 12 December, 2017
Sentencing Statement

At the High Court in Edinburgh today (12 December 2017) Lady Scott sentenced Michael Stuart to a total of eight years imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of rape and assault offences. On sentencing Lady Scott made the following statement in court:

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HM Revenue & Customs v FindMyPast Limited

Friday, 8 September, 2017
Court Opinion

The Inner House of the Court of Session has refused an appeal by The Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) against a ruling by the Upper Tribunal in an appeal by Findmypast Limited, a company providing access to genealogical and ancestry websites which claimed repayment of the value added tax (VAT) accounted for in respect of unredeemed vouchers. The following is a summary of the opinion of the court.

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@JudgesScotland - Edinburgh High Court: Lady Scott sentenced Michael Stuart to eight years imprisonment for rape and assault

@JudgesScotland - Glasgow High Court: Lord Mulholland sentenced Duncan Burns to five years imprisonment for rape

@JudgesScotland - The Lord Justice Clerk, Lady Dorrian, has delivered the keynote address at the @facofad 21st Century Bar Conference…

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