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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

HMA v DL

Wednesday, 29 July, 2020
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today (29 July 2020) Lord Arthurson imposed an extended sentence of 12 years on DL, with a custodial term of detention of 5 years and an extension period of 7 years after he pleaded guilty to three charges of rape.

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PF v BP Exploration Operating Company (‘BP’)

Tuesday, 28 July, 2020
Sentencing Statements

At Aberdeen Sheriff Court today (28 July) Sheriff Graeme Napier imposed a fine of £7000 on BP Exploration Operating Company (‘BP’) after the accused company pleaded guilty to having committed a contravention of the Offshore Petroleum Activities (Oil Pollution Prevention and Control) Regulations 2005 and the Pollution Control Act 1996.

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HMA v Fayyadh Abdulazizi Alkhaeriji

Tuesday, 28 July, 2020
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today Lord Matthews admonished Fayyadh Abdulazizi Alkhaeriji after the accused pleaded guilty to causing death and extreme injury whilst driving without due care and attention. He also pleaded guilty to driving without insurance. The accused was disqualified from holding or obtaining a driving licence for 3 years and 9 months.

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HMA v Matthew Donald Maltman known as Whyte

Monday, 27 July, 2020
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today Judge Buchanan imposed an order for lifelong restriction with a punishment part of 5 years and 3 months on Matthew Donald Maltman (known as Whyte) after he pleaded guilty to presenting knives at his victims, threatening to kill them, detaining them against their will, robbing them and forcing them to engage in sexual activity with each other.

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HMA v Peter Cannon

Monday, 27 July, 2020
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today (27 July 2020) Judge Buchanan imposed an order for lifelong restriction with a punishment part of 4 years 10 months on Peter Cannon after he pleaded guilty to attempted murder.

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