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Judicial Institute Annual Report

Sep 30, 2021

The Judicial Institute for Scotland has today published its Annual Report for the period from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021.

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Opening of the Legal Year

Sep 27, 2021

The Lord President, Lord Carloway, introduced the opening of the legal year today in a physically distanced ceremony held at Parliament House.

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Scottish Tribunals Annual Report 2020-21

Sep 17, 2021

The President of Scottish Tribunals’ fourth Annual Report has now been published.

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Lady Wolffe takes up academic appointments

Sep 8, 2021

Lady Wolffe is to demit office as a Supreme Courts judge and take up two university appointments.

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Queen's Counsel Appointments

Sep 8, 2021

Twelve new Queen’s Counsel have been appointed.

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Glasgow Sheriff Court

New sheriffs and summary sheriffs appointed

Aug 13, 2021

Her Majesty the Queen has appointed eighteen sheriffs and fourteen summary sheriffs.

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Lord Matthews appointed to Court of Session

Jul 20, 2021

Lord Matthews has been appointed to the Second Division of the Court of Session, effective from 1 August 2021.

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High Court of Justiciary Edinburgh

New temporary judges appointed

Jul 19, 2021

To assist with jury trials in the High Court, eight sheriffs have been appointed by the Scottish Ministers to act as temporary judges from 1 August 2021.

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The death of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh

Apr 9, 2021

The Lord President, Lord Carloway, has today sent condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth on behalf of the judiciary in Scotland. Guidance will follow on any alterations to court and tribunal business during this period.

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Cross justice conference

Apr 1, 2021

A cross-justice conference held this week brought together prosecutors and defence lawyers in a bid to improve the way summary criminal cases are handled in Scottish courts.

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New specialist Court recommended

Mar 17, 2021

A cross-justice Review Group has recommended that a new, national specialist Court with trauma-informed procedures be created to deal with serious sexual offence cases.

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Civil Business post COVID Conference 10 May 2021

Mar 17, 2021

A virtual conference is to provide a forum for discussion amongst interested parties about how civil business might be conducted once the pandemic is over.

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Update: Amalgamated Briefing Paper, Restarting Solemn Jury Trials

Mar 16, 2021

Practitioners may wish to note the following changes to the Amalgamated Briefing Paper on Restarting Solemn Trials.

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Appointment of Queen's Counsel 2021

Mar 12, 2021

The Lord Justice General invites applications by advocates and solicitor advocates seeking recommendation for appointment as Queen’s Counsel in Scotland.

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Scottish Tribunals Annual Report

Mar 5, 2021

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

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New sheriff appointed

Feb 26, 2021

Bruce Erroch, QC, has been appointed to the office of sheriff in the Sheriffdom of North Strathclyde, based at Paisley Sheriff Court and will take up office on 1 May.

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Judicial Attitude Survey published

Feb 25, 2021

The Judicial Office has today published the Judicial Attitude Survey Scotland (JAS) 2020.

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High Court of Justiciary Edinburgh

Preliminary Hearings Bench Book updated

Feb 23, 2021

Practitioners may wish to note that the Preliminary Hearings Bench Book has been updated.

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Civil Business post COVID – Conference

Feb 23, 2021

A virtual conference is to provide a forum for discussion about how civil business might be conducted post pandemic.

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Three new senators installed

Feb 22, 2021

Three new Senators of the College of Justice were today installed at physically distanced ceremonies held in Parliament House.

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