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New employment judge appointed

Feb 22, 2021

Melanie Sangster has been appointed by the Lord President, Lord Carloway, to the panel of judges of Employment Tribunals (Scotland).

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Sheriff Aisha Anwar resized for website

New SSDG initiative

Feb 9, 2021

A cross-justice initiative in South Strathclyde, Dumfries and Galloway (SSDG) is helping to improve court safety and efficiency.

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Three new Senators of the College of Justice appointed

Feb 4, 2021

Her Majesty the Queen, on the recommendation of the First Minister, has appointed Shona Haldane QC, Martin Richardson QC and Craig Sandison QC as Senators of the College of Justice.

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Restarting Solemn Trials paper updated

Jan 21, 2021

The Amalgamated briefing paper on Restarting Solemn Trials has been updated.

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Message from the Lord President to all court users

Jan 5, 2021

The Lord President has recorded a message urging all court users to follow the COVID-19 safety guidance and procedures in place within court buildings.

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New PI Court sheriffs

Dec 23, 2020

Sheriff Principal Mhairi Stephen has designated three new personal injury sheriffs in the All Scotland Sheriff Personal Injury Court.

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Updates to Amalgamated Briefing Paper on Restarting Solemn Trials

Dec 10, 2020

Practitioners may wish to note that the Judicial Institute Briefing Paper on Restarting Solemn Trials has been updated.

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Advocate General takes oaths of office

Dec 4, 2020

Lord Stewart was today sworn in as the Advocate General for Scotland. The ceremonies took place in Parliament House before the Lord President, Lord Carloway, with the Lord Justice Clerk, Lady Dorrian, and Lord Menzies.

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Cross justice initiative swaps courtroom for classroom

Nov 25, 2020

A cross justice initiative is taking the lessons of the courtroom in to the classroom.

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New resource on Restarting Solemn Trials

Nov 16, 2020

The Judicial Institute has published a new resource to support judges conducting jury trials using remote centres, which may also be useful for practitioners.

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New guidance will help tackle court backlog

Nov 11, 2020

The Lord Justice General, Lord Carloway, today issued a Practice Note aimed at reducing the current summary case backlog, whilst ensuring physical distancing, in the sheriff courts.

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LP delivers the Lord Rodger Memorial lecture

Oct 29, 2020

The Lord President, Lord Carloway, delivered the Lord Rodger Memorial Lecture today on Constitutional Principle and the Rule of Law.

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Sheriff Aisha Anwar resized for website

South Scotland success in cutting backlog

Oct 19, 2020

A judge-led initiative in courts across the South of Scotland is proving successful in reducing the backlog of summary court cases caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Opening of the Legal Year

Sep 28, 2020

An unusual Opening of the Legal Year ceremony was held today in Parliament House.

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Glasgow Tribunals Centre

Appointment of Employment Judges

Sep 18, 2020

Following a fair and open recruitment process the Lord President, Lord Carloway, has made 13 new appointments to the panel of judges of Employment Tribunals (Scotland).

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Summary Sheriffs Appointed

Sep 17, 2020

Two summary sheriffs have been appointed to a role created as part of major reform of Scotland’s courts.

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Queen's Counsel Appointments

Sep 15, 2020

Ten new Queen’s Counsel have been appointed by Her Majesty the Queen on the recommendation of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

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New appointments to Sheriff Appeal Court

Sep 3, 2020

A new Vice President and 4 new sheriffs have been appointed to the Sheriff Appeal Court.

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Prisoner fails in bid for conduct assessment

Sep 2, 2020

Lord Braid has ruled that a prisoner serving an OLR has failed to compel Scottish Ministers to carry out a “community facing risk assessment” to increase his chances of release.

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Glasgow Sheriff Court

New sheriffs and summary sheriffs appointed

Aug 28, 2020

A number of new sheriffs and summary sheriffs have been appointed.

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