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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 Rick Davidson

Thursday, 13 December, 2018
Sentencing Statement

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 13 December 2018, Lord Arthurson imposed an extended sentence of 15 years on Rick Davidson after the accused was convicted assault and sexual abuse. The custodial part will be 10 years, which will be followed by an extension period of five years on licence.

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Thomas Sheridan v News Group Newspapers Limited

Tuesday, 11 December, 2018
Court Opinion

Thomas Sheridan is entitled to interest on the £200,000 damages he was awarded following his successful defamation action against the publishers of the News of the World, at the judicial rate of 8% per year from the date of the jury’s verdict in 2006 until the principal sum was paid in 2017.

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