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Judiciary of Scotland

Welcome to the website of the judiciary in Scotland.  You will find lots of information about judges, the work they do in each of the different courts and some helpful advice if you are attending court or simply want to come in and see what happens.  

You can also find up-to-date information on the latest sentencing statements which will allow you to read what a judge has said in court on passing sentence.  We also publish summaries of opinions, fatal accident inquiry determinations and other major court decisions in Scotland.

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Sentencing Statements

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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.

@JudgesScotland - RT @Clutha_FAI: #CluthaFAI hearing to consider further applications to participate in the FAI will be on 21 November in courtroom 20 at Gla…

@JudgesScotland - Edinburgh High Court: Paul Johnson sentenced to four years’ imprisonment having pleaded guilty to wilful fire-raisi… https://t.co/T0GXrvoclT

@JudgesScotland - Livingston High Court: Lady Rae imposed an extended sentence on Brian Docherty of nine years and ten months, the ac… https://t.co/DuQc9vSdVk