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 Gordon Christopher Cowan

Thursday, 10 May, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 10 May 2018, Lord Uist sentenced Gordon Cowan to five-and-a-half years’ imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of rape. On sentencing, Lord Uist made the following statement in court:

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HMA v Gordon John Angus McKay

Thursday, 10 May, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 10 May 2018, Lord Uist sentenced Gordon McKay to seven-and-a-half years’ imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to the culpable homicide of a five-month-old baby. On sentencing, Lord Uist made the following statement in court:

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HMA v Darryl Rowe

Friday, 4 May, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 4 May 2018, Darryl Rowe was sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment; the accused having pleaded guilty to infecting another man with HIV and exposing three other men to the risk of contracting the disease after culpably and recklessly having unprotected sex with them.

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HMA v Gary Polland

Thursday, 3 May, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 3 May 2018, Lord Pentland sentenced Gary Polland to an extended sentence with 8 years and 60 days imprisonment and an extension period of 3 years after he was convicted of violent crimes including stabbing.

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HMA v Greig Andrew Love

Thursday, 26 April, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 26 April 2018, Lord Matthews sentenced Greig Love to life imprisonment (punishment part 14 years) after the accused pled guilty to a charge of murder. On sentencing Lord Matthews made the following statement in court:

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