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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 Bala Chinda

Friday, 20 January, 2017
Sentencing Statement

At the High Court in Aberdeen today, 20 January 2017, Lord Beckett sentenced Bala Chinda to life imprisonment with a punishment part of 18 years after the accused was found guilty of the rape and murder of Jessica McGraa.

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DC (Pursuer) v DG (First Defender) and DR (Second Defender)

Tuesday, 17 January, 2017
Court Opinion

A woman who alleged that she was raped by two footballers on the basis that she was incapable of giving “free agreement” because of the effect of alcohol has been awarded damages after she was found to have proved her case.

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@JudgesScotland - Aberdeen High Court: Bala Chinda sentenced to life imprisonment (punishment part 18yrs) for murder of Jessica McGraa

@JudgesScotland - Livingston High Court: Steven Jackson sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Kimberley MacKenzie

@JudgesScotland - Summary of Opinion in DC v DG and DR (damages for rape; pursuer found to have proved her case)

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