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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 Stephen Clarke

Monday, 20 February, 2017
Sentencing Statement

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 20 February 2017, Lord Boyd of Duncansby sentenced Stephen Clarke to two years’ imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to causing death by dangerous driving. He was also disqualified from driving for a period of four years.

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DC (Pursuer) v DG (First Defender) and DR (Second Defender)

Tuesday, 17 January, 2017
Court Opinion

A woman who alleged that she was raped by two footballers on the basis that she was incapable of giving “free agreement” because of the effect of alcohol has been awarded damages after she was found to have proved her case.

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@JudgesScotland - Edinburgh High Court: Stephen Clarke sentenced to two years’ imprisonment for causing death by dangerous driving

@JudgesScotland - John Leathem v HMA: Appeal against sentence; punishment part of 27 years quashed, substituted a period of 23 years

@JudgesScotland - Glasgow High Court: Ross Nicholson sentenced to 14 years' imprisonment for the murder of Brian Martin

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