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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.

Queen's Counsel 2017

Friday, 10 March, 2017

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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UK Supreme Court to sit in Scotland

Wednesday, 1 March, 2017

The UK Supreme Court will sit in Edinburgh later this year, the first time that the UK's highest court has sat outside London.

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Tayside Commercial Court

Wednesday, 22 February, 2017

A new court dedicated to dealing with commercial disputes is to be established in Tayside.

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Judicial Attitude Survey 2016

Wednesday, 15 February, 2017

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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Lord Bracadale to lead hate crime review

Thursday, 26 January, 2017

The Right Honourable Lord Bracadale has been invited by the Scottish Government to undertake a review of the laws covering hate crime offences in Scotland.

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