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Equal Treatment Bench Book

The aim of the Equal Treatment Bench Book is to offer assistance and advice to judges who have to ensure that all who come before the courts are dealt with in an understanding and sensitive fashion regardless of their personal backgrounds. It includes advice on issues arising on sexual orientation and gender identity as these are areas which are capable of misunderstanding and misconception.  It is therefore desirable that judges should have as clear an understanding of this topic as is possible.

Apart from all of the foregoing there are other circumstances, regardless of questions of ethnicity or sexual orientation and gender identity, in which some of those who come before the courts may be at a disadvantage when compared with other court users. They may have a physical or mental disability; they may be children; they may have been the victims of, or have been associated with, domestic abuse; they may be witnesses who, for whatever reason, are apprehensive about the prospect of appearing in court; or they may have to, or may choose to, conduct court proceedings in person without the benefit of legal representation. All require to be dealt with in a sensitive and understanding manner. 

HMA v David McMillan

Monday, 25 April, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh on 25 April 2016, Lord Uist sentenced David McMillan to 12 years imprisonment after the accused was convicted of assaulting a prison officer to his severe injury, permanent disfigurement and permanent impairment.

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HMA v Stephen Paul Bollard

Thursday, 14 April, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh, Lord Uist sentenced Stephen Bollard to an extended sentence of five years and two months, with the custodial part being three years and two months, for assault and robbery.

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HMA v Steven Green and Alan D'Ambrosio

Wednesday, 13 April, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh, Lord Uist sentenced Steven Green and Alan D'Ambrosio each to seven years imprisonment after they were found guilty of assault, robbery, abduction and attempted extortion.

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HMA v Michael John Murphy

Friday, 8 April, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh Lord Uist sentenced Michael John Murphy to seven years imprisonment after he was found guilty of the physical and sexual abuse of eight boys.

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HMA v (youth)

Friday, 1 April, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh Lady Stacey imposed an extended sentence of 10 years' detention on a 16-year-old youth who was convicted of the culpable homicide of Bailey Gwynne. The sentence is composed of a custodial term of eight years followed by an extension period of two years post-release supervision. Lady Stacey imposed a further consecutive sentence of one year's detention for carrying a knife and knuckledusters

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