A judge may decide to publish a sentencing statement following its delivery in court, in cases where:
- there is public interest
- the sentence is complicated
- the sentence has legal significance.
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Summaries of Opinions (judgments) provide a short explanation of judicial decisions in order to assist understanding and may be published in cases where there is wider public interest. They provide the main findings, but do not form part of the reasons for the decision.
The full judgment published on the Scottish Courts and Tribunals website is the only authoritative document.
FAI Determination Summaries
Fatal Accident Inquiries (FAIs) are held following a death in the workplace or in cases which give rise to reasonable suspicion. They are usually held in the sheriff court, but may be held in other premises when appropriate. Summaries provide the main findings of the Determination in order to assist understanding and may be published in cases where there is wider public interest. They do not form part of the reasons for the findings.