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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 Derek Docherty

Friday, 18 August, 2017
Sentencing Statement

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 18 August 2017, Lord Armstrong sentenced Derek Docherty to five years’ imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to assault to severe injury.

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Susan O'Brien QC v The Scottish Ministers

Wednesday, 5 July, 2017
Court Opinion

The Court of Session has dismissed a claim by the former Chair of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry that a decision by the Scottish Ministers to instigate the process for terminating her appointment amounted to a material breach of contract and infringed her human rights. The following is a summary of the opinion of Lord Pentland.

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@JudgesScotland - High Court: Derek Docherty sentenced to five years’ imprisonment, having pleaded guilty to assault to severe injury

@JudgesScotland - High Court: Youth sentenced to 9 years’ detention for the culpable homicide of Luke Wallace

@JudgesScotland - Civil Litigation (Expenses and Group Proceedings) (Scotland) Bill - A response from Judges of the Court of Session

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