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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Message from the Lord President


Welcome to the judicial website. We hope that you find this website both helpful and informative. It is our intention to publish as much information as we can, as quickly as we can. We believe it is vital in a democracy that justice is not only seen to be done, but that it operates in an open and transparent way and contributes to public understanding and awareness of what takes place in courts each day across Scotland.

Lord President

HMA v Jason Alexander King

Tuesday, 22 October, 2019
Sentencing Statement

At the High Court in Edinburgh today (22 October 2019) Lord Arthurson sentenced Jason King to six years' imprisonment after the offender was found guilty of serious sexual offences involving vulernable children.

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Dale Vince and Others

Thursday, 10 October, 2019
Court Opinion

The Court continued the consideration of the judgment until 21 October, 2019.

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