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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.

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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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SCCRC, Lord Advocate and Others

Friday, 3 July, 2015
Court Opinions

Statement of the Court delivered by the Lord Justice Clerk Lord Carloway, in refusing an application by relatives of victims of the Lockerbie disaster for an order authorising them to institute or continue any appeal which could have been authorised by the now deceased person who was convicted of the bombing, Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi.

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Petition for Judicial Review of decision to appoint Susan O’Brien QC as Chair of Historical Child Abuse Inquiry

Wednesday, 1 July, 2015
Court Opinions

A petition for judicial review of the decision to appoint Susan O’Brien QC to chair an inquiry into historic child abuse in Scotland has been refused.

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Statement following acquittal of the accused in HMA v Graeme McNaught

Friday, 1 May, 2015
Court Opinions

At Hamilton Sheriff Court on 1 May 2015, Sheriff Marie Smart decided to make no order against Graeme McNaught, who was acquitted of stalking Janice Galloway on the ground of insanity.

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Determination following examination of facts in Her Majesty’s Advocate v Paul Francis Ward

Friday, 27 February, 2015
Court Opinions

At the High Court in Glasgow on 27 February 2015, Lord Matthews acquitted Paul Francis Ward of the murder of Jean Campbell following an examination of facts.

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Petition for Judicial Review of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014

Thursday, 22 January, 2015
Court Opinions

Lord Pentland refused the petition for judicial review of ‘named person’ legislation. The petition was raised by four charities and three individuals who contended that the provisions contained in the Act were outside the Parliament's legislative competance

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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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