NEWS

 

Read our latest news including judicial speeches, consultations and consultation responses. 

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Opening of the Legal Year 2022

Sep 26, 2022

The Lord President, Lord Carloway, introduced the opening of the legal year today in the first full bench ceremony since the Covid-19 pandemic struck.

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Scottish Tribunals Annual Report 2021-22 published

Sep 23, 2022

The Lord President has today published the President of Scottish Tribunals’ fifth Annual Report.

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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Sep 8, 2022

The Lord President, Lord Carloway, has paid his respect to the Queen,

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New sheriffs appointed

Sep 2, 2022

Her Majesty the Queen has appointed eleven new sheriffs to serve the sheriffdoms of Glasgow and Strathkelvin, Grampian, Highland and Islands, North Strathclyde, South Strathclyde, Dumfries and Galloway, and Tayside, Central and Fife.

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New Deputy Director now in post at Judicial Institute

Sep 1, 2022

Sheriff Adrian Cottam takes up post as Deputy Director of the Judicial Institute for Scotland from today (1 September).

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Senator appointment and Sheriff Principal recruitment

Aug 16, 2022

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Event to explain the role of Sheriff Principal

Jul 25, 2022

An event explaining the role of a Sheriff Principal is set to take place next month.

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Guidance on proceedings in the Sheriff Court

Jul 20, 2022

The Sheriffs Principal have issued new guidance for court users on proceedings in the Sheriff Courts. The guidance will supersede and replace the guidance which was issued by the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service on 25 April 2022.

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New guidance on child welfare hearings in the Sheriff Courts

Jul 13, 2022

Child welfare hearings should call in person in Sheriff Courts, according to new guidance produced by the Sheriffs Principal.

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New temporary judges appointed

Jul 12, 2022

To assist with jury trials in the High Court, the following sheriffs have been appointed by the Scottish Ministers to act as temporary judges from 1 August 2022:

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Senators' response to the consultation on the Not Proven Verdict

Jul 12, 2022

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Joint guidance on Sheriff Court practice produced to achieve greater consistency in courts

Jul 11, 2022

The Sheriffs Principal have for the first time produced joint guidance on sheriff court practice to achieve greater consistency in courts across the country.

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Sheriff Principal Derek Pyle: We have to seize the opportunities of a new, post-pandemic world

Jul 6, 2022

Sheriff Principal Derek Pyle has offered his thoughts on the future of the justice system in a new era of technology following the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Significant changes to the Jury Manual

Jul 4, 2022

Practitioners may wish to note that the Amalgamated Briefing Paper on Restarting Solemn Trials, which provided a large volume of information on remote jury centres as well as setting out the new written directions and other information relevant to trials proceeding during COVID-19 has been removed from the Judiciary of Scotland website today.

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Deputy Director of the Judicial Institute

Jun 27, 2022

The Lord President has appointed Sheriff Adrian Cottam as the next Deputy Director of the Judicial Institute for Scotland. Sheriff Cottam will take up the post on 1 September 2022 for a period of three years

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New sheriffs appointed to the Sheriff Appeal Court

Jun 16, 2022

Six new sheriffs have been appointed to the Sheriff Appeal Court (SAC).

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Judge Susan Walker to be appointed as President of the Employment Tribunal (Scotland)

May 27, 2022

Following intimation of the upcoming retirement of Judge Shona Simon, President of the Employment Tribunals (Scotland), a recruitment exercise was conducted to select a successor. Judge Susan Walker, current Vice President of the Employment Tribunal (Scotland) was recommended to the Lord President by the panel and will be appointed to the role of President of Employment Tribunals (Scotland) with effect from 16 July 2022.

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Judicial Institute publishes recovery plan

May 25, 2022

The Judicial Institute has published a Recovery Plan setting out its strategy for 2022/23 as it continues to support justice in Scotland through the provision of the highest standard of judicial training and education.

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New senators installed at ceremonies in Parliament House

May 18, 2022

Five new senators of the College of Justice have been installed at individual ceremonies in Parliament House, Edinburgh.

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New judges appointed

May 4, 2022

Five new senators (senior judges) have been appointed to the College of Justice.

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