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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 Akib Aslam

Tuesday, 26 April, 2016
Sentencing Statement

At the High Court in Glasgow on 26 April 2016, Lord Boyd of Duncansby sentenced Akib Aslam to five years and eight months imprisonment after the accused pleaded guilty to a hit-and-run assault to severe injury, permanent disfigurement and impairment.

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Gordon Ross v Lord Advocate

Friday, 19 February, 2016
Court Opinion

The failure by the Lord Advocate to adopt and publish a policy identifying the facts and circumstances which he will take into account in deciding whether or not to authorise the prosecution in Scotland of a person who assists another to commit suicide does not breach human rights law, appeal judges have ruled.

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@JudgesScotland - Glasgow High Court: Akib Aslam sentenced to 5 years 8 months imprisonment for hit-and-run assault to severe injury

@JudgesScotland - Edinburgh High Court: David McMillan sentenced to 12yrs imprisonment for assaulting prison officer to severe injury

@JudgesScotland - RT @ScottishCJC: Council extends current membership by adding two newly appointed judicial members: Lord Boyd & Sheriff Murphy https://t.co

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