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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 - a first for judges in Scotland. We hope that you find ithis 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 Colin Snell

Thursday, 22 January, 2015
Sentencing Statement

At Edinburgh Sheriff Court Sheriff Welsh imposed a community payback order on Colin Snell after he pled guilty to causing death by careless driving. He was also disqualified from driving for three years.

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Petition for Judicial Review of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014

Thursday, 22 January, 2015
Court Opinion

Lord Pentland refused the petition for judicial review of ‘named person’ legislation. The petition was raised by four charities and three individuals who contended that the provisions contained in the Act were outside the Parliament's legislative competance

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@JudgesScotland - RT @scotcourts: No courts are closed today - joint planning with justice partners ensure no cases are lost due to industrial action http://

@JudgesScotland - Lord Pentland has refused the petition for judicial review of 'named' person' legislation. Summary now available

@JudgesScotland - Sheriff Welsh imposed a community payback order on Colin Snell after he pled guilty to death by careless driving

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