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Judiciary of Scotland

Welcome to the website of the judiciary in Scotland.  You will find lots of information about judges, the work they do in each of the different courts and some helpful advice if you are attending court or simply want to come in and see what happens.  

You can also find up-to-date information on the latest sentencing statements which will allow you to read what a judge has said in court on passing sentence.  We also publish summaries of opinions, fatal accident inquiry determinations and other major court decisions in Scotland.

HMA v Niall Dinsmore

Wednesday, 26 October, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 26 October 2016, Lord Boyd of Duncansby sentenced Niall Dinsmore to five years imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to being in possession of firearms and being in possession of offensive weapons.

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HMA v Scott Hamilton

Tuesday, 25 October, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Stilring, Lord Ericht sentenced Scott Hamilton to one year imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to causing death by careless driving.

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HMA v James McCarten

Tuesday, 25 October, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court, Judge Kenneth Maciver, QC, sentenced James McCarten to life imprisonment with a punishment part of 15 years after the accused was convicted of brutally murdering his partner.

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HMA v Steven Bennie

Friday, 21 October, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 21 October 2016, Lord Boyd of Duncansby sentenced Steven Bennie to seven years six months imprisonment after the accused pleaded guilty to causing the death of Mary Laurie by dangerous driving.

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HMA v Mathew Watt, Mathew Todd and Shuaib Ashraf Dar

Wednesday, 19 October, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 19 October 2017, Lord Boyd of Duncansby sentenced Mathew Watt, Mathew Todd and Shuaib Ashraf Dar to imprisonment after the three accused pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of class A drugs.

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