Judicial Office for Scotland

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The Judicial Office for Scotland came into being on the 1 April 2010 as part of the structural changes introduced by the Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Act 2008.  It is a separate part of the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service and was created to provide support to the Lord President in his role as head of the Scottish judiciary with responsibility for the training, welfare, deployment, guidance and conduct of judges and the efficient disposal of business in the courts. 

The Office incorporates the Lord President’s Private Office, Judicial Communications, the staff of the Judicial Institute and a section dealing with Strategy and Governance.

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HMA v Edmond Reid

Friday, 19 May, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 19 May 2017, Lord Woolman sentenced Edmond Reid to an extended sentence of nine years’ imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of assault to severe injury and to the danger of life. The custodial term will be five years, followed by an extension period of four years on licence.

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HMA v James Hilton

Friday, 19 May, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 19 May 2017, Lord Woolman sentenced James Hilton to four years and two months imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to causing the death of Patrick Pirie by dangerous driving. He was also disqualified from holding or obtaining a driving licence for nine years.

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HMA v SSPCA

Thursday, 18 May, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At Dunfermline Sheriff Court today, Sheriff Craig McSherry fined the SSPCA £5000 for breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act.

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HMA v Eric Schrickel

Wednesday, 17 May, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 17 May 2017, Lord Armstrong sentenced Eric Schrickel to seven years’ imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of rape and sexual assault.

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HMA v Neil Ireland

Wednesday, 17 May, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 17 May 2017, Lord Uist sentenced Neil Ireland to 10 years’ imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of repeatedly raping two women and sexually assaulting two other women.

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