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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 Francis Cassidy

Wednesday, 28 September, 2016
Sentencing Statement

At Livingston Sheriff Court today, 28 September 2016, Sheriff Susan Craig imposed an extended sentence of five years imprisonment on Francis Cassidy after the accused was found guilty of sexual offences against a child and other indecent assault charges. The custodial term will be four years followed by an extension period of one year on license.

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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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@JudgesScotland - Livingston Sheriff Court: Francis Cassidy given an extended sentence of 5 years for sexual offences against a child

@JudgesScotland - Glasgow High Court: Alisdair Grant sentenced to three years imprisonment for causing death by dangerous driving

@JudgesScotland - The Lord President, Lord Carloway, has given an address to mark the opening of the new legal year.

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