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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.

DC (Pursuer) v DG (First Defender) and DR (Second Defender)

Tuesday, 17 January, 2017
Court Opinions

A woman who alleged that she was raped by two footballers on the basis that she was incapable of giving “free agreement” because of the effect of alcohol has been awarded damages after she was found to have proved her case.

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Scottish & Southern Electricity (SSE) v Hochtief Solutions AG

Wednesday, 21 December, 2016
Court Opinions

The Court of Session has found against Scottish & Southern Electricity (SSE) in a £130 million claim against the engineering contractor Hochtief Solutions AG over the collapse of a major tunnel at the Glendoe hydroelectric scheme.

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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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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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