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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


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 Kevin Shand

Friday, 15 September, 2017
Sentencing Statement

At the High Court in Glasgow on 15 September 2017, Lord Boyd of Duncansby sentenced Kevin Shand to a total of six years and three months imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to assault and robbery and to dangerous driving. He was also disqualified from driving for a period of nine years. On sentencing, Lord Boyd 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 - The Lord President’s keynote address to the @Lawscot annual conference: ‘The Scottish Courts in the 21st Century’

@JudgesScotland - High court: Kevin Shand sentenced to 6 years and 3 months imprisonment for assault and robbery and dangerous driving

@JudgesScotland - HMRC v FindMyPast Ltd: HMRC's appeal refused; VAT only chargeable when customer redeemed vouchers to access website

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