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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 Paul Kane and Liam Donnelly

Tuesday, 20 September, 2016
Sentencing Statement

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 20 September 2016, Lord Armstrong sentenced Paul Kane to life imprisonment with a punishment part of 17 years after the accused was convicted of the murder of Sean Banks. Lord Armstrong also sentenced the co-accused Liam Donnelly to nine years detention after he was convicted of culpable homicide.

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Thomas Sheridan v News Group Newspapers Limited

Friday, 19 August, 2016
Court Opinion

Summary of Opinion issued by Lady Paton, Lord Drummond Young & Lord McGhie

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