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In cases where there is public interest or where the sentence may be complicated or controversial, the judge may decide to make the sentencing statement more widely available. You can read the judge’s full statement here once sentence has been passed.

We also issue tweets to alert our followers as soon as statements are published. Follow Us.  

For more information about how judges decide sentences and what sentences are available to them, see the Scottish Sentencing Council website.

Click here if you would like information about victims of crimes and sentencing.

Information on forthcoming appeals

Friday, 8 February, 2019

Enhanced information in relation to upcoming appeal cases in the Court of Session is now available on the Scottish Courts and Tribunals website.

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Lady Smith awarded Honorary Fellowship

Thursday, 31 January, 2019

Lady Smith received an Honorary Fellowship from The Academy of Experts in London “in recognition of her contribution and work” for the organisation.

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New domestic abuse law training for Scotland’s judiciary

Wednesday, 30 January, 2019

All judges and sheriffs in Scotland will receive specific training on domestic abuse ahead of the introduction of legislation which creates a new offence criminalising physical and psychological abuse of partners or ex-partners.

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New Broadcast Protocol

Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

A new protocol launches today on recording and broadcasting hearings in Scotland’s Supreme Courts; and on tweeting from all courts.

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Judicial Work Shadowing Scheme

Monday, 20 August, 2018

The head of the Scottish judiciary has launched a new Judicial Work Shadowing Scheme, which gives any qualified solicitor, solicitor-advocate or advocate the opportunity to apply to spend up to three days observing the work of a judicial office holder.

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