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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.

Opening of the Legal Year 2018-19

The Lord President, Lord Carloway, has given an address to mark the opening of the new legal year.

In his speech, the Lord President described the impact of the Gill reforms and the changing nature of the business of the Supreme Courts; the progress of reforms to the tribunals structure; and developments in both civil and criminal procedures. 

Read the full speech here.

Speeches

Case Management in Complex and Lengthy Trials and Sentencing

Monday, 11 March, 2019

21st Century Bar Conference 2018

Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Opening of the Legal Year 2018-19

Monday, 24 September, 2018

21st Century Bar Conference 2017

Friday, 8 December, 2017

Opening of the Legal Year 2017-2018

Monday, 25 September, 2017

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