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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.

Lord Gill to retire

Thursday, 7 May, 2015
Media Releases

The Rt Hon Lord Gill, Lord President of the Court of Session and Scotland’s most senior judge, has announced his intention to retire on 31 May 2015, having completed three years’ service in that office.

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Statement from the Judicial Office for Scotland on the suspension of part-time sheriff Peter Watson

Wednesday, 25 February, 2015
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Sheriff Peter Watson was suspended from the office of part-time sheriff on 16 February 2015, in terms of section 34 of the Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Act 2008.

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Scottish Sentencing Council date announced

Wednesday, 18 February, 2015
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A date has been announced by the Scottish Ministers for the establishment of the new Scottish Sentencing Council (SSC).

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Report of the Review of Policy on Recording and Broadcasting of Proceedings in Court, and Use of Live Text-Based Communications

Wednesday, 28 January, 2015
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A judge-led group which was appointed by the Lord President to review the current policy on the recording and broadcasting of proceedings and the use of live text-based communications from Scottish courts has published its report.

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Arrangements for training of Justices of the Peace in Scotland

Friday, 21 November, 2014
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An analysis of responses to a public consultation on the arrangements for training of Justices of the Peace in Scotland has revealed that a majority favour reform of the system.

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