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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

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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 Daniel Ross

Friday, 29 May, 2015
Sentencing Statement

At the High Court in Glasgow on 29 May 2015, Lord Matthews sentenced Daniel Ross to 12 years imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of child sexual abuse charges.

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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 - Glasgow High Court: Daniel Ross sentenced to 12 years imprisonment after being found guilty of child sex abuse http://t.co/pPhKPrCyRW

@JudgesScotland - Sheriff Principal Scott has recused himself from bin lorry FAI and appointed Sheriff Beckett http://t.co/peSmEJ6pCK

@JudgesScotland - Valedictory ceremony marks the retirement of the Lord President, Lord Gill http://t.co/fa7z6L9hAm

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