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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 Paul Brian Moffat

Wednesday, 26 April, 2017
Sentencing Statement

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 26 April 2017, Lord Matthews imposed an extended sentence of ten years on Paul Moffat after the accused was found guilty of raping and sexually abusing a four-year-old girl. The custodial element will be eight years, followed by an extension period two years on licence.

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Carol Rohan Beyts v Trump International Golf Club Scotland Limited

Wednesday, 5 April, 2017
Court Opinion

At the Small Claims Court in Edinburgh Sheriff Court Carol Rohan Beyts failed in her claim for damages against Trump International.

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@JudgesScotland - RT @SCTScourtstribs: All Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service buildings will be closed for the Early May Bank Holiday on Monday 1 May. htt…

@JudgesScotland - Glasgow High Court: Paul Moffat given extended sentence of 10 years for rape and sexual abuse of 4-year-old girl

@JudgesScotland - George McDonald sentenced to 8 years’ imprisonment at the High Court after pleading guilty to culpable homicide.

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