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The work of judges in Scotland is demanding and varied – from sheriffs and justices of the peace dealing with a diverse range of cases in a single day to senators presiding over complex and sometimes lengthy hearings in the Court of Session or High Court. And it involves considerable work outside the courtroom as well as sitting on the Bench. Members of the judiciary write here about their working lives.

The role of the court in ensuring access to justice: two themes

Thursday, 14 April, 2016
Speeches

14 April 2016 Lord Carloway, the Lord President of the Court of Session, has given a keynote speech to the World Bar Conference in Edinburgh.

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Imprisonment in Scotland: towards a penological post-modernism?

Wednesday, 16 March, 2016
Speeches

The Lord President, Lord Carloway, has given a lecture in which he tracks conventional penal theories against the trajectory of Scottish criminal justice.

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Redesigning the Court Room

Wednesday, 3 February, 2016
Speeches

The Lord President, Lord Carloway, has set out his vision for modernising the Scottish court room into “something fit for the 21st century”.

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Domestic Abuse: A Judge’s Dilemma. Where Do We Go From Here?

Thursday, 21 January, 2016
Speeches

A lecture delivered by Sheriff Principal Derek Pyle, Sheriff Principal of Grampian, Highland and Islands, on 21 January 2016 at ‘Domestic Abuse, Criminal Justice and the Scottish Courts – new Directions?’, an event co-sponsored by University of Edinburgh Centre for Theology and Public Issues and Centre for Research on Families and Relationships in the Martin Hall, New College, Edinburgh.

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Ceremony of installation of the Lord President and Lord Justice General

Friday, 8 January, 2016
Speeches

The Right Honourable Lord Carloway has been installed as the new Lord Justice General and Lord President of the Court of Session.

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Q.Why don’t judges speak to the media or give interviews after cases?

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