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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 Joseph Patrick McGuire

Tuesday, 1 September, 2015
Sentencing Statement

Today at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, Sheriff Fiona Reith QC sentenced Joseph McGuire after he pleaded guilty to having formed a fraudulent scheme in the course of his employment at the National Museum of Scotland and having obtained postage stamps with a total face value of £14,458 by fraud.

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SCCRC, Lord Advocate and Others

Friday, 3 July, 2015
Court Opinion

Statement of the Court delivered by the Lord Justice Clerk Lord Carloway, in refusing an application by relatives of victims of the Lockerbie disaster for an order authorising them to institute or continue any appeal which could have been authorised by the now deceased person who was convicted of the bombing, Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi.

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@JudgesScotland - Edinburgh Sheriff Court: Joseph McGuire sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment after admitting postage stamp fraud

@JudgesScotland - Election Court hearing to be broadcast live

@JudgesScotland - Glasgow High Court: Antoin Duffy, Martin Hughes, Pauls Sands, Craig Convery & Gordon Brown sentenced over terror plot

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