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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 Stewart McBride

Thursday, 21 May, 2015
Sentencing Statement

At the High Court in Glasgow on 20 May 2015, Lady Rae imposed an extended sentence of 14 years imprisonment on Stewart McBride – a custodial part of 11 years followed by an extension period of three years on licence – after the accused was found guilty of sexually abusing children.

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Statement following acquittal of the accused in HMA v Graeme McNaught

Friday, 1 May, 2015
Court Opinion

At Hamilton Sheriff Court on 1 May 2015, Sheriff Marie Smart decided to make no order against Graeme McNaught, who was acquitted of stalking Janice Galloway on the ground of insanity.

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@JudgesScotland - RT @SCTScourtstribs: On Monday 25 May there will be a number of courts and tribunals closed for the Spring Bank Holiday

@JudgesScotland - Glasgow High Court: Stewart McBride receives extended sentence of 14 years imprisonment for sexual abuse of children

@JudgesScotland - Edinburgh High Court: Ryan Douglas sentenced to 6 years imprisonment after pleading guilty to attempted rape

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