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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.

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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Scottish & Southern Electricity (SSE) v Hochtief Solutions AG

Wednesday, 21 December, 2016
Court Opinions

The Court of Session has found against Scottish & Southern Electricity (SSE) in a £130 million claim against the engineering contractor Hochtief Solutions AG over the collapse of a major tunnel at the Glendoe hydroelectric scheme.

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Bills for Criminal Letters

Friday, 9 December, 2016
Court Opinions

The High Court of Justiciary Appeal Court has today announced its decision on two Bills for Criminal Letters. The court, having considered the submissions, refused to pass the bill in either case. The following is a summary of the opinion of the court.

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Scotch Whisky Association and others v Lord Advocate and Advocate General for Scotland

Friday, 21 October, 2016
Court Opinions

A summary of the Opinion of the Court in the reclaiming motion by the Scotch Whisky Association and others against the Lord Advocate and the Advocate General for Scotland.

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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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