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Judgments & Sentences

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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.

Sentencing Statements

Exchequer Building

We regularly publish the sentencing statement once sentence has been passed. You can read the judge’s full statement here.

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Summaries of Court Opinions


In certain cases the judgment reached by the court may be of wider public interest. In these cases a summary of the court’s Opinion is produced and published along with a link to the full Opinion.

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Fatal Accident Inquiries

A Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) is held following a death in the workplace or in cases which give rise to reasonable suspicion. We publish summaries of some FAIs.

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