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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 Jamie King

Friday, 20 November, 2015
Sentencing Statement

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, Judge Paul Arthurson QC imposed an extended sentence on Jamie King – a custodial term of six years detention followed by an extension period of two years on licence – after the accused was found guilty of raping a 14-year-old schoolgirl.

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Advocate General for Scotland v Murray Group Holdings and others

Wednesday, 4 November, 2015
Court Opinion

A scheme involving payments to various trusts set up in respect of executives and footballers employed by the former Rangers Football Club amounted to “a mere redirection of emoluments or earnings” and was accordingly “subject to income tax”.

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