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 Kieran Kiely

Friday, 11 November, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 11 November 2016, Lord Boyd of Duncansby sentenced Kieran Kiely to four years imprisonment after the accused pleaded guilty to assault to severe injury and permanent disfigurement.

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HMA v Ronnie Coulter

Monday, 31 October, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 31 October, Lord Matthews sentenced Ronnie Coulter to life imprisonment for murder with a punishment part of 19 years and 8 months.

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HMA v Joel Julienne and Gary McIntyre

Wednesday, 26 October, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 26 October 2016, Lord Boyd of Duncansby sentenced Joel Julienne to three years nine months imprisonment and Gary McIntyre to two years three months after both accused pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of drugs.

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HMA v Niall Dinsmore

Wednesday, 26 October, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 26 October 2016, Lord Boyd of Duncansby sentenced Niall Dinsmore to five years imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to being in possession of firearms and being in possession of offensive weapons.

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HMA v Scott Hamilton

Tuesday, 25 October, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Stilring, Lord Ericht sentenced Scott Hamilton to one year imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to causing death by careless driving.

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