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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.

The Future of the Scottish Courts and Tribunals

Thursday, 18 June, 2020

The Lord President, Lord Carloway, today issued a statement on the impact of the Coronavirus situation upon Scotland's courts and tribunals.

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First Scottish virtual civil proof

Friday, 12 June, 2020

The first Scottish virtual civil proof hearing involving evidence from witnesses is to be held on Monday (15 June 2020).

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Sumburgh FAI procedural hearing

Wednesday, 3 June, 2020

The Sumburgh Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) into the crash of a helicopter near Shetland is to be heard remotely.

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Public access to High Court appeal cases

Tuesday, 12 May, 2020

Virtual cases calling in the High Court of Appeal can now be accessed by the public.

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Jury trials working group

Monday, 11 May, 2020

The Lord Justice General, Lord Carloway, has today (12 May) established a short-term working group, led by the Lord Justice Clerk, Lady Dorrian, to consider the practicalities of recommencing trials by jury as and when public health guidelines permit such a move.

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