About Judgments

Opinions, or judgments, are decisions made by judges in court cases. Many court decisions are made orally at the time of the hearing. Others may be reserved and issued, usually in writing, at a later date.

In relation to certain cases, written decisions from the Supreme Courts are normally published, while those from the sheriff courts may be published. These are in relation to cases which involve:

•          a matter of principle

•          a particular point of general public importance

•          an issue of legal significance.

There will be circumstances when a particular decision is not published in the interests of justice.

Use the searches below to find written opinions for individual cases.