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Every day judges in courts across Scotland make decisions in both civil and criminal cases. They ensure cases and verdicts are within the limits of the law and hand down judgments and sentences.   Some of these decisions and sentences are published below.

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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.

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HMA v Paul Johnson

Thursday, 15 November, 2018
Sentencing Statement

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 15 November 2018, Lord Boyd of Duncansby sentenced Paul Johnson to four years’ imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to wilful fire-raising aggravated by religious prejudice. On sentencing, Lord Boyd made the following statement in court:

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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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