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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.

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 Allan and Liam McMeechan

Friday, 24 March, 2017
Sentencing Statement

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 24 March 2017, Lord Boyd of Duncansby imposed an extended sentence of nine years on Liam McMeechan after the accused pled guilty to assault to severe injury and attempted robbery. Lord Boyd of Duncansby also sentenced the co-accused David Allan to two years and eight months imprisonment after he pled guilty to assault and attempted robbery.

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P v The Scottish Ministers

Tuesday, 28 February, 2017
Court Opinion

The Court of Session has ruled that the automatic disclosure by Disclosure Scotland of a deemed conviction for a minor offence of lewd and libidinous practices nearly 28 years ago was unlawful. In a petition for judicial review, Lord Pentland held that mandatory disclosure of the petitioner’s appearance before a Children’s Hearing in 1987 constituted an “unlawful and unjustifiable interference” with his rights under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The following is a summary of the opinion:

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