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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.

HMA v Connor Ward

Thursday, 12 April, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 12 April 2018, Lord Burns imposed a discretionary life sentence (punishment part six years) on Connor Ward after he was found guilty of preparing for acts of terrorism. On sentencing Lord Burns made the following statement in court:

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HMA v Gary Lee Goodrum

Thursday, 12 April, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Aberdeen today, 12 April 2018, Lord Woolman sentenced Gary Goodrum to nine years imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of sexually abusing eight teenage girls. On sentencing Lord Woolman made the following statement in court:

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HMA v Francis Paul Gabriel Moore

Wednesday, 11 April, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 11 April 2018, Lady Rae sentenced Francis Moore to nine years’ imprisonment after the accused was convicted of sodomising a five-year-old boy; lewd, indecent and libidinous practices and behaviour; and indecent assault. On sentencing Lady Rae made the following statement in court:

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HMA v Derek Meikle

Wednesday, 11 April, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 11 April 2018, Lord Arthurson sentenced Derek Meikle to six years imprisonment for assault and robbery. He also ordered that the sentence should run consecutively to a period of 1,000 days in prison as the accused had been on licence at the time of the offence. On sentencing Lord Arthurson made the following statement in court:

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HMA v Alasdair Graeme McDonald

Tuesday, 10 April, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 10 April 2018, Lord Arthurson imposed an extended sentence of 13 years (custodial part 10 years) on Alasdair McDonald after the accused was convicted of rape. On sentencing Lord Arthurson made the following statement in court:

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