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 judgment published on the Scottish Courts and Tribunals website is the only authoritative document.

Martin Keatings

Feb 5, 2021

An action brought by an independence campaigner against the Advocate General for Scotland and the Lord Advocate has been dismissed by the Court of Session.

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Megrahi decision summary

Jan 15, 2021

A bench of five judges has refused a posthumous appeal against the conviction of Abdelbaset Al-Megrahi.

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Prisoner fails in compelling ministers to conduct assessment

Sep 2, 2020

A prisoner serving an Order for Lifelong Restriction (OLR), has failed in his attempt to compel Scottish Ministers to carry out a “community facing risk assessment” in order to increase his chances of release.

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Martin James Keatings Against The Advocate General for Scotland And Others

Jul 30, 2020

A pursuer’s motion for a protective expenses order in his case brought against the Advocate General for Scotland, the Lord Advocate and the Scottish Ministers has been refused.

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MacBean v Scottish Water

May 29, 2020

A Boat of Garten resident has lost a Court of Session case against Scottish Water in relation to odour emitted from a waste water treatment plant (WWTP).

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Campbell v Dugdale

May 27, 2020

A blogger has lost his appeal at the Court of Session in a defamation case against a former MSP and Scottish Labour Party leader.

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NHS Trust Appeal - repayment of tax

Apr 9, 2020

An Appeal by an NHS Trust to recover £929,875 overpaid tax between 1974–1997 has been referred back to the First Tier Tribunal.

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Appeal against sentence by Aaron Thomas Campbell

Sep 10, 2019

The Criminal Appeal Court has upheld an appeal against sentence in the case of HMA against Aaron Thomas Campbell. Lady Dorrian, the Lord Justice Clerk, sat with Lord Menzies and Lord Drummond Young and reduced the punishment part of the sentencing for the abduction, murder and rape of a child from 27 to 24 years.

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