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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

HMA v Craig Services & Access Limited, Donald Craig and J M Access Solutions Ltd

Friday, 6 January, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At Airdrie Sheriff Court today, 6 January 2017, Sheriff Petra Collins sentenced Donald Craig to two years’ imprisonment for breaches of health and safety law after his company Craig Services & Access Limited hired out an unsafe cherry picker which buckled while it was in use, causing the death of Gary Currie. Craig Services was fined a total of £61,000 for breaching its duty to ensure that those using the cherry picker were not exposed to the risk of injury or death, for failing to maintain the equipment and for hiring it out when it had not been certified as safe. J M Access Solutions Ltd was also fined £30,000 for breaching its duty to ensure that those using the cherry picker were not exposed to risks of serious injury or death, by failing to carry out an adequate Thorough Examination.

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HMA v Michael Lever

Thursday, 22 December, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 22 December 2016, Lady Rae imposed an Order for Lifelong Restriction on Michael Lever with a punishment part of four years and six months after the accused was convicted of raping two women.

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HMA v Paul McLellan

Thursday, 22 December, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 22 December 2016, Lord Boyd of Duncansby imposed an Order for Lifelong Restriction on Paul McLellan with a punishment part of four years after the accused was convicted of assault with intent to rape and a several other sexual offences against girls.

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HMA v Kirk Nolan

Wednesday, 21 December, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 21 December 2016, Lord Boyd of Duncansby sentenced Kirk Nolan to two years imprisonment after the accused pleaded guilty to the culpable homicide of Ryan Watson.

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HMA v Iain Donn

Monday, 19 December, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 19 December 2016, Lord Boyd of Duncansby sentenced Iain Donn to five years and six months imprisonment after the accused pleaded guilty to an assault with a broken bottle.

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@JudgesScotland - Edinburgh High Court: Lady Scott sentenced Michael Stuart to eight years imprisonment for rape and assault https://t.co/s5WGlJLs3v

@JudgesScotland - Glasgow High Court: Lord Mulholland sentenced Duncan Burns to five years imprisonment for rape https://t.co/9hj8wXVZGS

@JudgesScotland - The Lord Justice Clerk, Lady Dorrian, has delivered the keynote address at the @facofad 21st Century Bar Conference… https://t.co/kAdcGyuq59