Principles of Judicial Ethics

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Judges hold an important position in society.  They are entrusted with exercising considerable power, which can have a dramatic effect on the lives of those who appear in court.  They must uphold the highest standards of conduct - both in and out of court.

 The Scottish judiciary has an honourable tradition in the attainment of high standards of judicial conduct. Maintaining such standards is essential if the community is to have confidence in its judiciary. The adoption of a widely accepted framework of judicial ethics helps to ensure that both judges and the public are aware of the principles by which judges are guided in their personal and professional life.  The Statement of Principles of Judicial Ethics for the Scottish Judiciary was first published in April 2010, revised in 2013, 2015 and 2016 to clarify the ethics that guide judges in their professional and personal lives.

HMA v LEE ANDERSON

Friday, 27 September, 2013
Sentencing Statements

On 26 September 2013 at the High Court in Glasgow Judge Murphy QC sentenced Lee Anderson to 15 years imprisonment after he was found guilty of the culpable homicide of Javaid Akbar Ali in Paisley on 15 June 2012.

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HMA v SIMON IRVINE

Thursday, 26 September, 2013
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh Lady Wise imposed an extended sentence on Simon Irvine after he was found guilty of assault and rape. The sentence is composed of a custodial period of 7 years followed by an extension period of 3 years.

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HMA v DAVID MCKENZIE

Friday, 20 September, 2013
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow Lord Matthews sentenced David McKenzie to six years and eight months in prison after he pled guilty to the supply of cocaine.

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PF v BILL WALKER

Friday, 20 September, 2013
Sentencing Statements

At Edinburgh Sheriff Court Sheriff Kathrine Mackie sentenced Bill Walker to 12 months in prison after he was found guilty of a number of assault charges.

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HMA v JEFFREY ASH

Thursday, 19 September, 2013
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh Lord Pentland sentenced Jeffrey Ash to three years and four months in prison after he pled guilty to culpable homicide and fire raising.

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