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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

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 William Paterson

Thursday, 28 May, 2015
Sentencing Statement

At the High Court in Glasgow on 28 May 2015, Lord Armstrong sentenced William Paterson to life imprisonment with a punishment part of 22 years after the accused was convicted of the murder of Kevin “Gerbil” Carroll.

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Statement following acquittal of the accused in HMA v Graeme McNaught

Friday, 1 May, 2015
Court Opinion

At Hamilton Sheriff Court on 1 May 2015, Sheriff Marie Smart decided to make no order against Graeme McNaught, who was acquitted of stalking Janice Galloway on the ground of insanity.

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@JudgesScotland - Valedictory ceremony marks the retirement of the Lord President, Lord Gill

@JudgesScotland - William Paterson sentenced to life imprisonment with punishment part of 22 years for murder of Kevin “Gerbil” Carroll

@JudgesScotland - Sheriff Appeal Court appointments confirmed

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