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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.  If you would like to receive these as soon as they are issued sign up for RSS feeds.

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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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