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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 - a first for judges in Scotland. We hope that you find ithis 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 Craig Donaldson

Monday, 13 April, 2015
Sentencing Statement

At the High Court in Edinburgh on 13 April 2015, Lord Uist imposed an order for lifelong restriction on Craig Donaldson with a punishment part of three years and nine months after the accused pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of Patrick Feeley.

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Determination following examination of facts in Her Majesty’s Advocate v Paul Francis Ward

Friday, 27 February, 2015
Court Opinion

At the High Court in Glasgow on 27 February 2015, Lord Matthews acquitted Paul Francis Ward of the murder of Jean Campbell following an examination of facts.

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@JudgesScotland - The Lord President’s speech, on ‘Independence of the judiciary and the legal profession,’ to the @CLC2015

@JudgesScotland - ***Media notice*** HMA v Andrew Edward Coulson: new trial date set for 11 May 2015 at 10am in Edinburgh High Court.

@JudgesScotland - A Scottish perspective on lawyers as law reformers: The Lord Justice Clerk's speech at the CALRAs Biennial Conference

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