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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 Gordon Patrick Collins

Wednesday, 29 June, 2016
Sentencing Statement

At the High Court in Edinburgh on 29 June 2016, Lady Wise sentenced Gordon Collins to six years imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of rape and sexual abuse.

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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 - Edinburgh High Court: Gordon Collins sentenced to six years imprisonment for rape and sexual abuse

@JudgesScotland - Glasgow High Court: Graham Higgins sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Albert McDonald

@JudgesScotland - RT @LawCareLtd: New cross-profession initiative supports mental health and wellbeing in Scottish legal community #legalwellbeingscot

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