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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.

Susan O'Brien QC v The Scottish Ministers

Wednesday, 5 July, 2017
Court Opinions

The Court of Session has dismissed a claim by the former Chair of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry that a decision by the Scottish Ministers to instigate the process for terminating her appointment amounted to a material breach of contract and infringed her human rights. The following is a summary of the opinion of Lord Pentland.

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RSPB v The Scottish Ministers & others

Tuesday, 16 May, 2017
Court Opinions

An appellate Division of the Court of Session has upheld appeals by the Scottish Ministers against orders by a judge at first instance that their decisions to grant consents for the construction of four offshore wind farms in the North Sea were "unlawful".

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Carol Rohan Beyts v Trump International Golf Club Scotland Limited

Wednesday, 5 April, 2017
Court Opinions

At the Small Claims Court in Edinburgh Sheriff Court Carol Rohan Beyts failed in her claim for damages against Trump International.

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P v The Scottish Ministers

Tuesday, 28 February, 2017
Court Opinions

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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DC (Pursuer) v DG (First Defender) and DR (Second Defender)

Tuesday, 17 January, 2017
Court Opinions

A woman who alleged that she was raped by two footballers on the basis that she was incapable of giving “free agreement” because of the effect of alcohol has been awarded damages after she was found to have proved her case.

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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.

Find out more