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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 David Bruce Penman

Friday, 23 June, 2017
Sentencing Statement

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 23 June 2017, Lord Uist made a risk assessment order in respect of David Bruce Penman after the accused was found guilty of rape and other sexual offences committed against fellow pupils at the Royal Blind School. A risk assessment report will be prepared to allow the judge to make an informed decision as to whether it is appropriate to impose an Order for Lifelong Restriction.

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RSPB v The Scottish Ministers & others

Tuesday, 16 May, 2017
Court Opinion

An appellate Division of the Court of Session has upheld appeals by the Scottish Ministers against orders by a judge at first instance that their decisions to grant consents for the construction of four offshore wind farms in the North Sea were "unlawful".

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