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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

Judicial Attitude Survey 2014

Wednesday, 11 February, 2015

The results of an online survey designed to give salaried members of the judiciary in Scotland the opportunity to provide feedback on their views and experiences of serving as a judge have been published.

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Sheriff Principal appointed as Queen’s Counsel

Tuesday, 20 January, 2015

Sheriff Principal Mhairi Stephen has been appointed as Queen’s Counsel by Her Majesty the Queen on the recommendation of former First Minister Alex Salmond, the Scottish Ministers have announced.

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New Sheriff appointed in North Strathclyde

Friday, 24 October, 2014

Solicitor Craig Douglas Turnbull has been appointed as a floating sheriff of North Strathclyde, the Scottish Ministers have announced.

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New guidance note on electronic devices in court

Tuesday, 21 October, 2014

The Lord President has issued new guidance to judicial office holders on the use of electronic devices such as laptop computers and tablets in court.

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New Scottish Land Court Chairman and Lands Tribunal for Scotland President appointed

Friday, 12 September, 2014

Sheriff Roderick John MacLeod QC has been appointed by Her Majesty the Queen as Chairman of the Scottish Land Court, the Scottish Ministers have announced.

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@JudgesScotland - Glasgow High Court: Paul Francis Ward acquitted of the murder of Jean Campbell following an examination of facts

@JudgesScotland - Edinburgh High Court: Extended sentence of 7 years imposed on Sean Orman after he pled guilty to assault and robbery

@JudgesScotland - Statement from the Judicial Office for Scotland on the suspension of part-time sheriff Peter Watson

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