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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 David McGurk

Friday, 17 August, 2018
Sentencing Statement

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 17 August 2018, Lady Rae sentenced David McGurk to an Order for Lifelong Restriction with a punishment part of two years and two months after the accused pled guilty to the attempted rape of two women.

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Ineos Upstream Ltd and another v Lord Advocate

Tuesday, 19 June, 2018
Court Opinion

A petition seeking judicial review of certain acts and decisions of the Scottish Government in implementation of what was purportedly an indefinite ban on “fracking” has been refused. The Court of Session held that the legal effect of certain statements and planning directions made by the Scottish Ministers to the effect that the Scottish Government will not support the development of unconventional oil and gas extraction in Scotland, and a subsequent decision that the directions should continue in force indefinitely, is that there is in fact no prohibition against fracking in force. The following is a summary of the detailed opinion issued by Lord Pentland.

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@JudgesScotland - The head of the Scottish judiciary has launched a new Judicial Work Shadowing Scheme, which gives any qualified sol…

@JudgesScotland - Glasgow High Court: David McGurk sentenced to an Order for Lifelong Restriction with a punishment part of two years…

@JudgesScotland - Edinburgh High Court: Lord Woolman has imposed an extended sentenced of 11 years and nine months on Sean Gorman aft…

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