Judicial Council for Scotland

The Judicial Council for Scotland was established by the Lord President in January 2007.  It is a body whose membership is drawn from all categories of judicial office holder in Scotland.

The purpose of the Council is to provide information and advice to the Lord President of the Court of Session and the judiciary of Scotland on matters relevant to the administration of justice in Scotland.  Further information about the Council's structure and objectives can be found in the constitution.  

The Council meets twice each year (May and November).  On-going work is carried out through a committee structure. 

The Council assists in the development of policies on a range of matters which affect the judiciary and the judicial system.  Being an internal advisory body, the Council does not have a public role.  It does not, for example, respond to consultations in its own name or comment publicly on issues affecting the judiciary.  The Council is supported by the Judicial Office for Scotland. 

Details of the current membership of the Council and its committees can be found here.

HMA v Kenneth Wilson

Wednesday, 17 January, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 17 January 2018, Lady Scott imposed an Order for Lifelong Restriction upon Kenneth Wilson with a punishment part of three years after the accused pled guilty to assault to severe injury and to the danger of life.

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HMA v Kurt McInnes

Wednesday, 17 January, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Livingston today, 17 January 2018, Lord Arthurson sentenced Kurt McInnes to nine years’ imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of rape, lewd and libidinous practices and charges of assault to the danger of life.

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HMA v Thomas Telford

Friday, 12 January, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 12 January 2018, Lord Uist sentenced Thomas Telford to a total of 10 years imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of attempted murder, attempting to defeat the ends of justice, and assault. On sentencing Lord Uist made the following statement in court:

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HMA v Gordon Ayre

Thursday, 11 January, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 11 January 2018, Lord Woolman sentenced Gordon Ayre to four years imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to assault to severe injury, permanent disfigurement and endangering life and to a breach of bail conditions. On sentencing Lord Woolman made the following statement in court:

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HMA v Donald Maguire

Wednesday, 10 January, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At Dunfermline Sheriff Court today, 10 January 2018, Sheriff Craig McSherry imposed a Community Payback Order with an unpaid work requirement of 300 hours on Donald Maguire and disqualified the accused from driving for two years after he pled guilty to causing the death of Bartlomiej Plachta and Monika Lewandowska-Ritchie by driving without due care and attention. On sentencing, Sheriff McSherry made the following statement in court:

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