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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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Bills for Criminal Letters

Friday, 9 December, 2016
Court Opinions

The High Court of Justiciary Appeal Court has today announced its decision on two Bills for Criminal Letters. The court, having considered the submissions, refused to pass the bill in either case. The following is a summary of the opinion of the court.

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Scotch Whisky Association and others v Lord Advocate and Advocate General for Scotland

Friday, 21 October, 2016
Court Opinions

A summary of the Opinion of the Court in the reclaiming motion by the Scotch Whisky Association and others against the Lord Advocate and the Advocate General for Scotland.

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Thomas Sheridan v News Group Newspapers Limited

Friday, 19 August, 2016
Court Opinions

Summary of Opinion issued by Lady Paton, Lord Drummond Young & Lord McGhie

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Gordon Ross v Lord Advocate

Friday, 19 February, 2016
Court Opinions

The failure by the Lord Advocate to adopt and publish a policy identifying the facts and circumstances which he will take into account in deciding whether or not to authorise the prosecution in Scotland of a person who assists another to commit suicide does not breach human rights law, appeal judges have ruled.

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Timothy Morrison and others v Alistair Carmichael MP and Alistair Buchan

Wednesday, 9 December, 2015
Court Opinions

A petition challenging the election of Alistair Carmichael as Liberal Democrat MP for Orkney and Shetland has been refused after judges ruled it had not been proved beyond reasonable doubt that he had committed an “illegal practice”.

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Summaries of Court Opinions


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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