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Judicial Appointments, Transfers and Retirement

Jan 19, 2023

His Majesty the King, on the recommendation of the First Minister, has made a number of judicial appointments, including the appointment of a new Senator of the College of Justice and three sheriffs principal.

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Update to written direction on mutual corroboration

Dec 14, 2022

Practitioners may wish to note that the Jury Manual Committee has agreed an amendment to Part C of the Written Directions (directions which do not apply in all cases but can be used as appropriate).

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Preliminary Hearings Bench Book updated

Dec 8, 2022

Practitioners may wish to note that the Preliminary Hearings Bench Book has been updated as of 8 December. The latest update encompasses changes made in light of the justice provisions in the Coronavirus (Recovery and Reform) (Scotland) Act 2022.

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Plaque marks historic slavery case at Court of Session

Dec 6, 2022

A historic legal case which found that slavery was “not recognised” in Scots law has been commemorated in a plaque installed at the Court of Session in Edinburgh.

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Scottish Civil Justice Council seeks new members

Nov 24, 2022

The Scottish Civil Justice Council (SCJC) is seeking new members.

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Sixteen new King's Counsel appointed

Oct 6, 2022

Sixteen new King’s Counsel have been appointed by His Majesty The King on the recommendation of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

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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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