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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

Lord President’s speech at the Law Society of Scotland AGM

Monday, 7 April, 2014

The Rt Hon Lord Gill’s speech entitled ‘Looking Over the Horizon: Life after the Courts Reform (Scotland) Bill’.

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Lord Justice Clerk's speech at the JAB’s Diversity Conference

Tuesday, 11 March, 2014

The Rt Hon Lord Carloway's speech entitled ‘Merit and Diversity – Compatible Aspirations in Judicial Appointments?’

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Thursday, 26 September, 2013

Speech by the Lord President the Right Hon Lord Gill

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Lord Justice Clerk's speech at the Criminal Law Conference

Friday, 10 May, 2013

The Rt Hon Lord Carloway's speech entitled 'Scots criminal evidence and procedure - Meeting the challenges and expectations of modern society and legal thinking'.

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Lord President opens new Legal Year

Monday, 24 September, 2012

The Right Hon Lord Gill, Lord President and Lord Justice General addressed the court at the opening of the new Legal Year for 2012/13.

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Related FAQs

Q.Do all judges wear robes? Why do judges wear different robes in civil and criminal courts?
Q.How do I address a judge in court?
Q.What is the significance of the crosses on judges’ robes?
Q.Why do judges wear wigs?

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A day in the life of


Judges spend a great deal of time working on cases before and after court and have to do a lot of preparation for the day ahead. Read about a typical day for a judge.