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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 James Smith

Tuesday, 4 August, 2015
Sentencing Statement

At the High Court in Edinburgh Lord Matthews sentenced James Smith to life imprisonment with a punishment part of 17 years after he was found guilty of murder.

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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 - High Court Edinburgh Lord Matthews sentenced James Smith to life with a punishment part of 17 yrs for murder

@JudgesScotland - Chris Dickson and Olga Pasportnikov appointed as sheriffs at Inverness and Elgin

@JudgesScotland - Edinburgh High Court: Rajinder Sidhu sentenced to seven years imprisonment after being found guilty of rape

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