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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 James Taylor

Thursday, 22 March, 2018
Sentencing Statement

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 22 March 2018, Lord Boyd of Duncansby imposed an extended sentence of 14 years on James Taylor after the accused was found guilty of two charges of rape and two assault offences. The custodial part will be nine years, which will be followed by an extension period of five years on licence. On sentencing Lord Boyd made the following statement in court:

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Andy Wightman MSP and others v Advocate General for Scotland

Tuesday, 20 March, 2018
Court Opinion

A petition seeking judicial review of the United Kingdom Government’s “position” on the revocability of a notice of intention to withdraw from the European Union in terms of Article 50.2 of the Treaty on European Union has been granted permission to proceed following an appeal. The following is a summary of the opinion of the court.

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