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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.

New Sheriff Principal Appointed

Her Majesty the Queen has appointed Sheriff Derek Pyle, solicitor, as Sheriff Principal for the Sheriffdom of Grampian, Highlands and Islands.

First Minister Alex Salmond nominated Sheriff Pyle for appointment on the basis of a report by the independent Judicial Appointments Board. 

He will replace Sheriff Principal Sir Stephen Young who retires on 31 May 2012.

Sheriff Pyle was appointed on 2 May and will take up appointment on 1 June 2012. 

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