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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.

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

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Joanne Murray v Amanda Donaldson

Thursday, 4 April, 2019
Media Releases

Following a civil proof at Airdrie Sheriff Court, Sheriff Derek O’Carroll has ruled that the defender (Amanda Donaldson) is liable to repay £18,734 to the pursuer (Joanne Murray), as a result of the defender’s fraudulent misrepresentation, including £1,160 (cash withdrawals), £9,832 (point-of-sale purchases) and £7,742 (foreign currency). The following is a summary of Sheriff O’Carroll’s judgment.

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Information on forthcoming appeals

Friday, 8 February, 2019
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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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New guidance issued by commercial judges

Thursday, 31 January, 2019
Media Releases

New guidance has been issued by the commercial judges.

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New domestic abuse law training for Scotland’s judiciary

Wednesday, 30 January, 2019
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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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‘Compatibility issues’ review report

Friday, 26 October, 2018
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Appeals to the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom (UKSC) should not require certification by the High Court of Justiciary that the issue raises a point of law of general public importance, a review chaired by the Lord Justice General has concluded.

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