Complaints about Court Judiciary

What do I do if I have a complaint?

Complaints against Court Judiciary 

The Lord President made rules for the investigation and determination of any matters concerning the conduct of judicial office holders: Complaints About the Judiciary (Scotland) Rules 2017. 

The Judicial Office for Scotland will consider any complaint about the personal conduct of judicial office holders, but cannot deal with complaints about judicial decisions or the way in which cases have been handled.  The usual way to challenge a decision is to appeal.  If you are considering appealing a judicial decision, we would recommend that you obtain legal advice.  You can obtain such advice from a solicitor or the Citizens Advice Bureau.

If you wish to complain about the personal conduct of a judicial office holder whether inside or outside of the court, you should write to:

Judicial Office for Scotland
Parliament House
Edinburgh
EH1 1RQ
or email: judicialofficeforscotland@scotcourts.gov.uk

The rules and guidance above provide more detail, but you should note that your complaint must be in writing and clearly state:

  • your name and address;
  • the name of the judge, or sufficient information to enable the judge to be identified;
  • where appropriate, the court, and the date of the hearing; and
  • specific details about the grounds of your complaint.

You must include copies of all the documents that you have that you are relying on to support your complaint.

Your complaint should be made as soon as possible and, in any event, no later than 3 months after the incident that you wish to complain about. If your case or appeal is on-going, your complaint may not be considered until your case has concluded but you should still make your complaint in time. The time limit for making a complaint may be extended only in exceptional circumstances.

Read the privacy notice for information about how we handle personal data.

Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service complaints


If you have a complaint regarding the service provided by the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service or a member of its staff or your complaint relates to your role as a juror please visit this page and follow the relevant links.

Complaints about solicitors or advocates


All complaints against legal practitioners should be sent to the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (SLCC).  They act as a gateway or single point of contact and will advise you on what you need to do.  For further information visit the Scottish Legal Complaints website.  

HMA v Daniel McCafferty

Thursday, 28 February, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow on 27 February 2019, Lord Clark sentenced Daniel McCafferty to life imprisonment with a punishment part of 18 years after the accused was found guilty of the murder of Steven Campbell.

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HMA v Bradley Wallace

Wednesday, 27 February, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At Glasgow Sheriff Court today, 27 February 2019, Sheriff Andrew Cubie sentenced Bradley Wallace to 10 months’ imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to assaulting a priest by spitting at him – an offence aggravated by religious prejudice.

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HMA v Gary Watt

Tuesday, 26 February, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 26 February 2019, Lord Arthurson sentenced Gary Watt to eight years’ imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of two charges of rape.

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HMA v Fernando Carrasco Dos Santos and Ruben Goncal Ves Semedo Correia

Friday, 22 February, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 22 February 2019, Lord Armstrong sentenced Fernando Carrasco Dos Santos to nine years’ imprisonment for the attempted murder of Rikki Millar, and sentenced Ruben Goncal Ves Semedo Correia to six years and nine months’ imprisonment for assaulting the complainer with a knife to his severe injury, permanent disfigurement, permanent impairment, and to the danger of his life.

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HMA v Fernando Carrasco Dos Santos and Ruben Goncal Ves Semedo Correia

Friday, 22 February, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 22 February 2019, Lord Armstrong sentenced Fernando Carrasco Dos Santos to nine years’ imprisonment for the attempted murder of Rikki Millar, and sentenced Ruben Goncal Ves Semedo Correia to six years and nine months’ imprisonment for assaulting the complainer with a knife to his severe injury, permanent disfigurement, permanent impairment, and to the danger of his life.

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