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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.

The Christian Institute and Others v The Scottish Ministers

Thursday, 3 September, 2015
Court Opinions

A challenge to legislation which will see a “named person” assigned to every child in Scotland has been refused by appeal judges at the Inner House Court of Session.

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SCCRC, Lord Advocate and Others

Friday, 3 July, 2015
Court Opinions

Statement of the Court delivered by the Lord Justice Clerk Lord Carloway, in refusing an application by relatives of victims of the Lockerbie disaster for an order authorising them to institute or continue any appeal which could have been authorised by the now deceased person who was convicted of the bombing, Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi.

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Petition for Judicial Review of decision to appoint Susan O’Brien QC as Chair of Historical Child Abuse Inquiry

Wednesday, 1 July, 2015
Court Opinions

A petition for judicial review of the decision to appoint Susan O’Brien QC to chair an inquiry into historic child abuse in Scotland has been refused.

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Statement following acquittal of the accused in HMA v Graeme McNaught

Friday, 1 May, 2015
Court Opinions

At Hamilton Sheriff Court on 1 May 2015, Sheriff Marie Smart decided to make no order against Graeme McNaught, who was acquitted of stalking Janice Galloway on the ground of insanity.

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Determination following examination of facts in Her Majesty’s Advocate v Paul Francis Ward

Friday, 27 February, 2015
Court Opinions

At the High Court in Glasgow on 27 February 2015, Lord Matthews acquitted Paul Francis Ward of the murder of Jean Campbell following an examination of facts.

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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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