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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.

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Wednesday, 15 February, 2017
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The results of an online questionnaire which was sent to all salaried members of the judiciary in Scotland to give them the opportunity to provide their views on serving as a judge have been published.

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Sentencing Statements

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We regularly publish the sentencing statement once sentence has been passed. You can read the judge’s full statement here.

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Summaries of Court Opinions

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In certain cases the judgment reached by the court may be of wider public interest. In these cases a summary of the court’s Opinion is produced and published along with a link to the full Opinion.

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Fatal Accident Inquiries

A Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) is held following a death in the workplace or in cases which give rise to reasonable suspicion. We publish summaries of some FAIs.

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