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Senior judges regularly make speeches or give lectures on a broad range of topics. It is our intention to publish as many of these as possible.

Speeches published on this website reflect the individual judicial office-holder's personal views, unless otherwise stated. If you have any queries please contact the Head of Judicial Communications at the Judicial Office for Scotland.

 

Lord President's speech at the Holyrood Digital Justice Conference

Wednesday, 28 January, 2015
Speeches

In his address, the Lord President sets out the timetable for the commencement of provisions of the Courts Reform (Scotland) Act 2014, his intention to appoint a President of the new Sheriff Appeal Court and announces the publication of the report on the televising of proceedings in court. In addition, he outlines his intention to launch a feasibility study into the creation of a new Energy and Natural Resources Court in the Court of Session to provide a specialist forum for litigations in these fields.

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SSC, SSA & SYLA Annual Lecture 2014

Wednesday, 3 December, 2014
Speeches

Sheriff Principal Mhairi Stephen discussed the future of Scotland’s sheriff courts at this year's joint Society of Solicitors in the Supreme Courts, Society of Solicitor Advocates and Scottish Young Lawyers' Association Annual Christmas Lecture, on Tuesday 2 December 2014 at the Court of Session in Edinburgh.

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Howard League Scotland Drummond Hunter Lecture 2014

Thursday, 23 October, 2014
Speeches

The Lord Justice Clerk, Lord Carloway, revisited the subject of sentencing for the Howard League Scotland Drummond Hunter Lecture 2014 on 22 October 2014, arguing that it is essential to embrace new thinking to develop sentencing policies and practices suited to the modern era.

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Opening of the Legal Year 2014

Friday, 19 September, 2014
Speeches

The Right Hon Lord Gill, Lord President and Lord Justice General, reviews the legal year that has passed and sets out his hopes and plans for the coming year in his annual address to the court.

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Lord Justice Clerk’s address to the International Society for Reform of Criminal Law

Wednesday, 3 September, 2014
Speeches

The theme of the conference, which was held in Vancouver, British Columbia was ‘Crime and Punishment: Back to the Future for Sentencing and Corrections Reform’ and Lord Carloway's speech on ‘Lifelong restriction of serious offenders and the role of risk assessment in Scotland’ was given on 26 June 2014.

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