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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

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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 Reece Ford

Thursday, 19 July, 2018
Sentencing Statement

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 19 July 2018, Lord Pentland imposed an extended sentence of 13 years on Reece Ford after the accused pled guilty to the repeated rape of two children. The custodial term will 10 years, which will be followed by an extension period of three years on licence.

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Ineos Upstream Ltd and another v Lord Advocate

Tuesday, 19 June, 2018
Court Opinion

A petition seeking judicial review of certain acts and decisions of the Scottish Government in implementation of what was purportedly an indefinite ban on “fracking” has been refused. The Court of Session held that the legal effect of certain statements and planning directions made by the Scottish Ministers to the effect that the Scottish Government will not support the development of unconventional oil and gas extraction in Scotland, and a subsequent decision that the directions should continue in force indefinitely, is that there is in fact no prohibition against fracking in force. The following is a summary of the detailed opinion issued by Lord Pentland.

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@JudgesScotland - Edinburgh High Court: Reece Ford sentenced to an extended sentence of 13 years, having pleaded guilty to the repeat… https://t.co/ysEskVA0ts

@JudgesScotland - A new Court of Session Practice Note (No.1 of 2018), which provides updated guidance on the preparation and use of… https://t.co/CEHhdVN9mY

@JudgesScotland - Edinburgh High Court: At the conclusion of an examination of facts, the accused Alan McDonald was found to have rap… https://t.co/mpyP8L4jbY

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