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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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The Hon. Lord Jones

Monday, 14 March, 2016

It is with great sadness that the Lord President has learned of the untimely death of Lord Jones. Although appointed to the bench relatively recently, his contribution was a substantial one, most recently in the Commercial Court. The care which he took over the preparation of his judgments in complex litigation was a particular feature of his work. He will be sadly missed by all of his colleagues in Parliament House and beyond. Our thoughts are with his wife Fiona and family at this time.

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Appointment of Queen's Counsel 2016

Friday, 4 March, 2016

The Lord Justice General invites applications by advocates and solicitor advocates seeking recommendation for appointment as Queen’s Counsel in Scotland.

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Summary Sheriffs

Friday, 5 February, 2016

The first appointments to the newly created judicial office of summary sheriff have been announced by the Scottish Government.

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Lord Justice Clerk appointment process begins

Monday, 25 January, 2016

The Scottish Government has announced that the process of appointing Scotland’s second most senior judicial office is under way, now that the First Minister has established a selection panel to make recommendations for a new Lord Justice Clerk.

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Ceremony of installation of the Lord President and Lord Justice General

Friday, 8 January, 2016

The Right Honourable Lord Carloway has been installed as the new Lord Justice General and Lord President of the Court of Session.

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