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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 Alasdair Uisden McCulloch

Thursday, 14 June, 2018
Sentencing Statement

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 14 June 2018, Lord Arthurson sentenced Alasdair McCulloch to four-and-a-half years’ imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to lewd, indecent and libidinous practices and behaviour towards children.

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Andy Wightman MSP and others v Secretary of State for Exiting the EU

Friday, 8 June, 2018
Court Opinion

A request for a reference to the Court of Justice of the European Union for a ruling on the question of whether the United Kingdom can unilaterally revoke its notice of intention to the leave the EU has been refused. The Court of Session ruled that the question being asked was “hypothetical” and that the conditions for a reference had not been met. The following is a summary of the opinion of Lord Boyd of Duncansby.

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@JudgesScotland - Edinburgh High Court: Roger Crossan sentenced to life imprisonment with a punishment part of 21 years, having plead…

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