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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.

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HMA v David Allan and Liam McMeechan

Friday, 24 March, 2017
Sentencing Statement

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 24 March 2017, Lord Boyd of Duncansby imposed an extended sentence of nine years on Liam McMeechan after the accused pled guilty to assault to severe injury and attempted robbery. Lord Boyd of Duncansby also sentenced the co-accused David Allan to two years and eight months imprisonment after he pled guilty to assault and attempted robbery.

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P v The Scottish Ministers

Tuesday, 28 February, 2017
Court Opinion

The Court of Session has ruled that the automatic disclosure by Disclosure Scotland of a deemed conviction for a minor offence of lewd and libidinous practices nearly 28 years ago was unlawful. In a petition for judicial review, Lord Pentland held that mandatory disclosure of the petitioner’s appearance before a Children’s Hearing in 1987 constituted an “unlawful and unjustifiable interference” with his rights under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The following is a summary of the opinion:

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