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 Raymond Oldham

Wednesday, 7 November, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 7 November 2018, Lord Boyd of Duncansby imposed an extended sentence of 16 years on Raymond Oldham after the accused pled guilty to historical child sex offences. The custodial part is 10 years, which will be followed by an extension period of six years on licence.

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HMA v Simon Quin

Tuesday, 6 November, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 6 November 2018, Lord Arthurson sentenced Simon Quin to five years’ imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of petrol-bombing a house to the danger of persons within the property.

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HMA v James Torbett

Monday, 5 November, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 5 November 2018, Lord Beckett sentenced James Torbett to six years' imprisonment after the accused was convicted of historical child sex offences, having been found guilty of sexually abusing three boys in the 1980s and 1990s.

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HMA v Gordon Rose

Wednesday, 31 October, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At Glasgow Sheriff Court today, 31 October 2018, Sheriff Principal Craig Turnbull sentenced Gordon Rose to two years and eight months’ imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to assault.

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HMA v Davison Shaw

Wednesday, 31 October, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 31 October 2018, Lord Arthurson sentenced Davison Shaw to eight years’ imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of the rape of an 11-year-old girl and using lewd, indecent and libidinous practices and behaviour towards another 13-year-old girl.

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