Parliament Hall

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 David Collins

Friday, 17 May, 2019
Sentencing Statement

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 17 May 2019, Lady Rae sentenced David Collins to life imprisonment with a punishment part of 26 years after the accused was found guilty of the murder of Kevin Bishop and attempting to defeat the ends of justice.

Read more

Joanne Murray v Amanda Donaldson

Thursday, 4 April, 2019
Court Opinion

Following a civil proof at Airdrie Sheriff Court, Sheriff Derek O’Carroll has ruled that the defender (Amanda Donaldson) is liable to repay £18,734 to the pursuer (Joanne Murray), as a result of the defender’s fraudulent misrepresentation, including £1,160 (cash withdrawals), £9,832 (point-of-sale purchases) and £7,742 (foreign currency). The following is a summary of Sheriff O’Carroll’s judgment.

Read more

@JudgesScotland - Glasgow High Court: David Collins sentenced to life imprisonment with a punishment part of 26 years, having been fo…

@JudgesScotland - Glasgow High Court: John Paul Regan sentenced to five years and four months’ imprisonment, having pleaded guilty to…

@JudgesScotland - Glasgow High Court: Zhi Min Chen sentenced to life imprisonment with a punishment part of 20 years, having pleaded…

Latest News


Keep up to date with the latest developments here or follow us on Twitter

Read the latest news