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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 Gary Crossan

Monday, 6 November, 2017
Sentencing Statement

At the High Court in Glasgow today (6 November 2017) Lord Matthews sentenced Gary Crossan to life imprisonment (punishment part 14 years) after the accused was found guilty of murder. On sentencing Lord Matthews 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 - High Court: Gary Crossan sentenced to life imprisonment (punishment part 14 yrs) after being found guilty of murder

@JudgesScotland - High Court: Adrian Dryburgh Hynd sentenced to life imprisonment (punishment part 18 years) for murder

@JudgesScotland - High Court: Hooman Sojoodi + 3 jailed for total of 28 years, 6 months for illegal detention, assault and theft

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