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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

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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 James Adam

Tuesday, 23 April, 2019
Sentencing Statement

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 23 April 2019, Lord Pentland imposed a sentence of eight years on James Adam, after the accused was convicted of a series of sexual offences committed against three young girls during a period of around 25 years.

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Joanne Murray v Amanda Donaldson

Thursday, 4 April, 2019
Court Opinion

Following a civil proof at Airdrie Sheriff Court, Sheriff Derek O’Carroll has ruled that the defender (Amanda Donaldson) is liable to repay £18,734 to the pursuer (Joanne Murray), as a result of the defender’s fraudulent misrepresentation, including £1,160 (cash withdrawals), £9,832 (point-of-sale purchases) and £7,742 (foreign currency). The following is a summary of Sheriff O’Carroll’s judgment.

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@JudgesScotland - 80-year-old James Adam sentenced to 8 years imprisonment after Edinburgh High Court jury convicted him of sexual of… https://t.co/myMCtcjoRw

@JudgesScotland - Edinburgh High Court: Joshua Hunter sentenced to an extended sentence of six years, having pleaded guilty to rape.… https://t.co/PUCZS3qcL1

@JudgesScotland - Judgment of Sheriff Nigel Ross in the cause Stuart Campbell v Kezia Dugdale: https://t.co/l2jSujJqDu

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