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About the Judiciary

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Judges sit in a number of courts and make decisions in both civil and criminal cases. They ensure that cases and verdicts are within the limits of the law and hand down judgments and sentences which reflect this.

The Lord President is the most senior judge in Scotland and the head of the judiciary. He is also the presiding judge of the College of Justice - the supreme civil and criminal courts of Scotland. College judges are called senators. Other types of judges include sheriffs and justices of the peace.

HMA v David McFarlane

Friday, 13 September, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 13 September 2019, Lord Clark sentenced David McFarlane to three years’ imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of perjury.

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HMA v Bohdan Cieslar

Thursday, 12 September, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 12 September 2019, Lord Pentland sentenced Bohdan Cieslar to nine years’ imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of the culpable homicide of Aleksander Smerdel.

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HMA v Ronald Hardman

Wednesday, 11 September, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 11 September 2019, Lord Beckett sentenced Ronald Hardman to nine years’ imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to 15 charges of child sexual abuse committed against 12 different boys.

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HMA v Domenica Smith

Wednesday, 11 September, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 11 September 2019, Lord Boyd of Duncansby sentenced Domenica Smith to a community payback order for a period of 18 months with a supervision requirement, after the accused was found guilty of assault and behaving in a threatening or abusive manner.

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HMA v Martin John Innes

Tuesday, 10 September, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 10 September 2019, Lord Pentland imposed an extended sentence of 14 years' imprisonment on Martin Innes after the accused pled guilty to attempted murder. The custodial part will be nine years, which will be followed by an extension period of five years on licence.

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Sentencing Statements

HMA v David McFarlane

Friday, 13 September, 2019

HMA v Bohdan Cieslar

Thursday, 12 September, 2019

HMA v Ronald Hardman

Wednesday, 11 September, 2019

HMA v Domenica Smith

Wednesday, 11 September, 2019

HMA v Martin John Innes

Tuesday, 10 September, 2019