Scottish Justices Association

The Scottish Justices Association was formed in May 2007 and has over 400 members who are Justices of the Peace in Scotland.  Justices of the Peace have a four hundred year history and predate the creation of the High Court of Justiciary in 1672.  Though their original functions were administrative and policing as much as judicial, they were intended to be lay persons, dispensing criminal justice, on a local basis. These features have continued, through numerous changes, to the present day.

The Scottish Justices Association website provides more information about the work of Justices of the Peace in Scotland. 

Three representatives are elected from each of the six sheriffdoms in Scotland to form the Executive Committee of the Scottish Justices Association. A list of the current Office Bearers in the association can be found here.

Interested in becoming a Justice of the Peace? Find out more here.

Further Reading

All Manner of People:  the History of the Justices of the Peace in Scotland by Johan Findlay, The Saltire Society, 2000, ISBN 0 85411 076 3
This text provides the history of the justices of the peace in Scotland from their foundation in 1609 to the present. The vast range of duties which fell to the justices is described using surviving justice court records.

HMA v Justin Lee Lovell

Friday, 2 September, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Livingston, today, 2 September, Lord Ericht sentenced Justin Lee Lovell to seven years imprisonment after the accused was convicted of rape.

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HMA v Felix Tsotover

Tuesday, 30 August, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 30 August 2016, Lady Scott sentenced Felix Tsotover to seven years’ imprisonment after the accused was convicted of rape and sexual assault.

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HMA v A & J Robertson

Monday, 29 August, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At Aberdeen Sheriff Court today, 29 August 2016, Sheriff Graeme Napier imposed a fine of £23,500 on A & J Robertson after the accused company pleaded guilty to failing to provide a safe system of work for an employee who was injured in the course of his duties.

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PF v Craig Lawson

Friday, 26 August, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At Dundee Sheriff Court today, 26 August 2016, Sheriff Alastair Brown imposed a community payback order on Craig Lawson with a requirement to undertake 225 hours of unpaid work after the accused pled guilty to tweeting a grossly offensive message about MPs.

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HMA v John Symington Wishart

Thursday, 25 August, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 25 August 2016, Lord Boyd of Duncansby sentenced John Wishart to five years and nine months imprisonment after the accused pleaded guilty to discharging a taser in the direction of a police officer.

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