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Summaries of Court Opinions

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In certain cases the judgment reached by the court may be of public interest or have wider implications beyond the parties involved. In these cases a summary of the court’s opinion will be produced and published along with a link to the full opinion. The summary provides a short explanation of the decision, the main points that it raises and will give an indication of any further proceedings that may be required. 

You can search judgments and opinions for individual cases on the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service’s website. Please note that only in cases where there is a significant point of law or particular public interest will the opinions be published.

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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Advocate General for Scotland v Murray Group Holdings and others

Wednesday, 4 November, 2015
Court Opinions

A scheme involving payments to various trusts set up in respect of executives and footballers employed by the former Rangers Football Club amounted to “a mere redirection of emoluments or earnings” and was accordingly “subject to income tax”.

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Timothy Morrison and others v Alistair Carmichael MP and Alistair Buchan

Tuesday, 29 September, 2015
Court Opinions

The legislative provision which makes it an “illegal practice” to make or publish false statements about any candidate during an election campaign can apply to “self-talking” as well as attacking another candidate.

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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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