Publications

This section features a range of publications relevant to the work of the judiciary.

Complaints About The Judiciary

The Judicial Office for Scotland publishes annual statistics regarding the number of complaints received under the Complaints about The Judiciary (Scotland) Rules.

Report 6 on Complaints about the Judiciary (1 September 16 to 31 August 17).

Report 5 on Complaints about the Judiciary (1 April 15 to 31 August 16).

Report 4 on Complaints about the Judiciary (1 April 14 to 31 March 15).

Report 3 on Complaints about the Judiciary (1 April 13 to 31 March 14).

Report 2 on Complaints about the Judiciary (1 April 12 to 31 March 13).

Report 1 on Complaints about the Judiciary (28 February 11 to 31 March 12).

Diversity Statistics 

From September 2016 the Judicial Office for Scotland will publish Annual Diversity Statistics. 

2017 - Judicial Diversity Statistics. 

2016 - Judicial Diversity Statistics. 

Other publications: 

Report on QCs attitudes regarding appointment as a Senator of the College of Justice - This report was commissioned by the Lord President of the Court of Session in his capacity as Head of the Scottish Judiciary and in implement of his duty, under 2(2) of the Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Act 2008, to make and maintain arrangements to secure the efficient disposal of business in the Scottish courts. It was prompted by a concern to ensure that as many suitably qualified and experienced applicants as possible were applying for judicial office, in the capacity of a Senator of the College of Justice, and a further concern that female candidates, or those from minority ethnic backgrounds, may feel reluctant to apply.

Report of the Review of Policy on Recording and Broadcasting in Court, and the Use of Live Text-Based Communications in Court - In October 2012, the Lord President, Lord Gill, appointed a media review group, chaired by Lady Dorrian, whose remit was to review policy on the recording and broadcasting of proceedings in court. This was later extended to include consideration of the use of live, text-based communications (LTBC) from court. The report, published in January 2015, makes a series of recommendations. Guidance on the implementation of Lady Dorrian’s report will be published in due course. 

The Report of the Scottish Civil Courts Review by the Lord Justice Clerk, the Rt Hon Lord Gill launched in September 2009 gives recommendations in relation to the provision of civil justice, including the structure, jurisdiction, and procedures of the courts.

The Independent Review of Sheriff and Jury Procedure by Sheriff Principal Bowen, published in June 2010 reviews sheriff and jury practice and procedure in Scotland with the aim of ensuring that the system is fair, efficient, modern and effective.

Statement of Principles of Judicial Ethics for the Scottish Judiciary was first published in April 2010, revised in 2013, 2015 and 2016.  It offers guidance and a framework of principles for members of the Scottish judiciary. More information and the full Statement can be found here.

The Jury Manual began life over twenty years ago and was originally a much shorter and more informal collection of styles of charges exchanged among High Court judges. Today it is a very substantial document which contains useful information and guidance to judges who have the responsibility of charging juries in serious criminal trials.

Equal Treatment Bench Book The equal treatment of all who appear in court is a core judicial responsibility. The aim of this Bench Book is to offer assistance and advice to judges who are duty bound to ensure that all who come before the courts are dealt with in an understanding and sensitive fashion, regardless of their personal backgrounds.