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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 Brian Docherty

Monday, 12 November, 2018
Sentencing Statement

At the High Court in Livingston today, 12 November 2018, Lady Rae imposed an extended sentence on Brian Docherty of nine years and ten months after the accused pled guilty to lewd, indecent and libidinous practices and behaviour and sexual assault. The custodial part will seven years and ten months, which will be followed by an extension period of two years on licence.

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Trustees of J Gibsone of Pentlands Trust v James Telfer

Wednesday, 3 October, 2018
Court Opinion

In a judgment issued today, 3 October, 2018, the Scottish Land Court has refused to authorise the resumption[i] of two smallholdings[ii] at Pentland Mains, Midlothian, which were to have been the site of Scotland’s national film studio, a project described by the Scottish Government in 2017 as being “of national importance”[iii].

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