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High Court Opinions


Most decisions are given verbally by judges in court. Written decisions will usually be provided when a case involves:

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  • a particular point of general public importance
  • a case where substantial evidence was heard.

When decisions are given in writing, they are published, ordered by the date of publication. A judge may rule that in the interest of justice, a particular case should  not be published.

 

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Case Title Date of Opinion Date Published Judge
MP AGAINST HER MAJESTY'S ADVOCATE
09/02/2021 30/11/2021
  • Lord Justice Clerk
  • Lord Turnbull
  • Lord Pentland
APPEAL AGAINST SENTENCE BY GRPW AGAINST HER MAJESTY'S ADVOCATE  04/11/2021 04/11/2021
  • Lord Pentland
  • Lord Matthews
CROWN APPEAL AGAINST SENTENCE BY HER MAJESTY'S AGAINST MICHAEL McCARTHY  26/10/2021 26/10/2021
  • Lord Justice General
  • Lord Pentland
  • Lord Matthews
APPEAL AGAINST CONVICTION BY RAYMOND NYIAM AGAINST HER MAJESTY’S ADVOCATE
 
19/10/2021 19/10/2021
  • Lord Justice Clerk
  • Lord Pentland
  • Lord Matthews
BILL OF SUSPENSION BY BRIAN DOCHERTY AGAINST HER MAJESTY’S ADVOCATE
 
19/10/2021 19/10/2021
  • Lord Justice General
  • Lord Pentland
  • Lord Matthews
APPEAL AGAINST SENTENCE BY AB AGAINST HER MAJESTY'S ADVOCATE 08/10/2021 08/10/2021
  • Lord Justice Clerk
  • Lord Pentland
  • Lord Matthews
APPEALS AGAINST CONVICTION AND SENTENCE BY (1) KEVIN MILLER AND (2) LAUREN MILLER AGAINST HER MAJESTY’S ADVOCATE

06/05/2021 30/09/2021
  • Lord Justice General
  • Lord Turnbull
  • Lord Matthews
NOTE OF APPEAL AGAINST CONVICTION BY GARY ORR AGAINST HER MAJESTY'S ADVOCATE  10/09/2021 16/09/2021
  • Lord Justice General
  • Lord Menzies
  • Lord Malcolm
APPEAL UNDER SECTION 74 OF THE CRIMINAL PROCEDURE (SCOTLAND) ACT 1995 BY JW AGAINST HER MAJESTY'S ADVOCATE  12/02/2021 07/09/2021
  • Lord Justice Clerk
  • Lord Turnbull
  • Lord Pentland
APPEAL AGAINST SENTENCE BY COLIN MARSHALL  AGAINST HER MAJESTY'S ADVOCATE  17/08/2021 24/08/2021
  • Lord Doherty
  • Lord Pentland
APPEAL AGAINST SENTENCE BY KIERAN MALCOLMSON AGAINST HER MAJESTY'S ADVOCATE  24/08/2021 24/08/2021
  • Lord Pentland
  • Lord Doherty
APPEALS BY BRIAN JAMES MEIGHAN, KEVIN JAMES KANE AND DAVID SUTHERLAND PUGH AGAINST HER MAJESTY'S ADVOCATE  17/08/2021 17/08/2021
BILL OF ADVOCATION FOR ROSS PATRICK AGAINST HER MAJESTY’S ADVOCATE 17/01/2020 29/07/2021
  • Lord Brodie
  • Lord Drummond Young
  • Lord Malcolm
APPEAL AGAINST CONVICTION BY JOHN DOCHERTY AND DON TEMPLETON AGAINST HER MAJESTY'S ADVOCATE 11/02/2020 29/07/2021
  • Lord Justice Clerk
  • Lord Turnbull
  • Lord Brodie
NOTE OF APPEAL AGAINST CONVICTION BY PAUL STUART SMITH AGAINST HER MAJESTY'S ADVOCATE  01/07/2021 07/07/2021
  • Lord Justice General
  • Lord Malcolm
  • Lord Pentland
NOTE OF APPEAL AGAINST SENTENCE BY DILLIN ARMSTRONG AGAINST HER MAJESTY'S ADVOCATE 24/06/2021 28/06/2021
  • Lord Justice General
  • Lord Woolman
  • Lord Pentland

NOTE OF APPEAL AGAINST CONVICTION BY JOHN DEENEY AGAINST HER MAJESTY'S ADVOCATE 
23/06/2021 28/06/2021
  • Lord Justice General
  • Lord Menzies
  • Lord Pentland
CROWN APPEAL UNDER SECTION 28 OF THE EXTRADITION ACT 2003 BY THE LORD ADVOCATE AGAINST SHKELQIM DAJA 22/06/2021 22/06/2021
  • Lord Turnbull
  • Lord Matthews
  • Lord Justice Clerk
APPEALS AGAINST CONVICTION AND SENTENCE BY (1) ROSS MacDOUGALL and (2) DAWN SMITH AGAINST HER MAJESTY’S ADVOCATE
22/06/2021 22/06/2021
  • Lord Justice Clerk
  • Lord Pentland
  • Lord Turnbull
PETITION AND COMPLAINT BY HER MAJESTY’S ADVOCATE AGAINST CRAIG MURRAY 08/06/2021 08/06/2021
  • Lord Turnbull
  • Lord Menzies
  • Lord Justice Clerk
NOTE OF APPEAL AGAINST CONVICTION BY AARON ROBERT DINES KNOWN AS MORRISON AGAINST HER MAJESTY'S ADVOCATE 

13/05/2021 20/05/2021
  • Lord Turnbull
  • Lord Matthews
  • Lord Justice General
NOTES OF APPEAL BY GORDON DEWAR AND BARRY McLEAN 27/04/2021 05/05/2021
  • Lord Pentland
  • Lord Matthews
RA AGAINST HER MAJESTY’S ADVOCATE 23/04/2021 27/04/2021
  • Lord Pentland
  • Lord Matthews
APPLICATION FOR LEAVE TO APPEAL UNDER SECTION 26 OF THE EXTRADITION ACT 2003 BY ILIA ILIEV 31/03/2021 08/04/2021
  • Lord Matthews
  • Lord Pentland
  • Lord Justice General
THE REPRESENTATIVE OF THE LATE ABDELBASET ALI MOHAMED AL MEGRAHI
AGAINST (FIRST) HER MAJESTY’S ADVOCATE; AND (SECOND) HER MAJESTY’S ADVOCATE GENERAL
01/04/2021 01/04/2021
  • Lord Woolman
  • Lord Glennie
  • Lord Menzies
  • Lord Justice Clerk
  • Lord Justice General
MARK WILLIAM DUTHIE AGAINST HER MAJESTY’S ADVOCATE 30/03/2021 31/03/2021
  • Lord Matthews
  • Lord Pentland
  • Lord Menzies
  • Lord Justice Clerk
  • Lord Justice General

HER MAJESTY’S ADVOCATE AGAINST CRAIG MURRAY

25/03/2021 25/03/2021
  • Lord Turnbull
  • Lord Menzies
  • Lord Justice Clerk
BILL OF ADVOCATION BY JAMES RUSSELL AGAINST HER MAJESTY’S ADVOCATE 24/03/2021 24/03/2021
  • Lord Matthews
  • Lord Pentland
  • Lord Justice Clerk
APPEAL AGAINST CONVICTION BY DAVID SCOTT AGAINST HER MAJESTY’S ADVOCATE 23/03/2021 23/03/2021
  • Lord Pentland
  • Lord Matthews
  • Lord Justice Clerk
PETITION TO THE NOBILE OFFICIUM BY RR AGAINST (FIRST) HER MAJESTY’S ADVOCATE AND (SECOND) LV 07/10/2020 18/03/2021
  • Lord Glennie
  • Lord Malcolm
  • Lord Menzies
  • Lord Justice Clerk
  • Lord Justice General
CROWN APPEAL UNDER SECTION 74(1) OF THE CRIMINAL PROCEDURE (SCOTLAND) ACT 1995 BY HER MAJESTY’S ADVOCATE AGAINST RONALD JAMES ALEXANDER ADAMS 30/08/2019 16/03/2021
  • Lord Turnbull
  • Lord Drummond Young
  • Lord Justice General
APPEAL FROM THE SHERIFF APPEAL COURT BY THE PROCURATOR FISCAL, GLASGOW AGAINST (1) DANIEL WARD; (2) MARTIN MACAULAY; and (3) RYAN WALKER 04/03/2021 16/03/2021
  • Lord Matthews
  • Lord Woolman
  • Lord Justice General
CROWN APPEAL AGAINST SENTENCE BY HER MAJESTY’S ADVOCATE AGAINST JB 10/03/2021 10/03/2021
  • Lord Pentland
  • Lord Menzies
  • Lord Justice Clerk
CROWN PETITION TO THE NOBILE OFFICIUM BY PROCURATOR FISCAL, KILMARNOCK AGAINST STEPHEN MOTRONI 03/03/2021 09/03/2021
  • Lord Matthews
  • Lord Woolman
  • Lord Justice General
APPEAL AGAINST SENTENCE BY JOHN ANDERSON AGAINST HER MAJESTY’S ADVOCATE 02/03/2021 08/03/2021
  • Lord Matthews
  • Lord Pentland
NOTE OF APPEAL AGAINST CONVICTION AND SENTENCE BY DANIEL WILSON AGAINST HER MAJESTY’S ADVOCATE 11/02/2021 05/03/2021
  • Lord Justice General
APPEAL AGAINST SENTENCE BY CALLUM RAE AGAINST HER MAJESTY’S ADVOCATE 05/03/2021 05/03/2021
  • Lord Justice Clerk
NOTES OF APPEAL AGAINST CONVICTION BY (1) BRIAN FERGUSON; (2) ANDREW GALLACHER; (3) ROBERT PICKETT; (4) ANDREW JAMES SINCLAIR; (5) JOHN TIMOTHY RILEY HARDIE; and (6) PETER ROBERT BAIN AGAINST HER MAJESTY’S ADVOCATE 05/03/2021 05/03/2021
  • Lord Justice General
APPEAL AGAINST SENTENCE BY RONALD MCMAHON AGAINST HER MAJESTY'S ADVOCATE 02/02/2021 03/03/2021
  • Lord Turnbull
  • Lord Menzies
HER MAJESTY’S ADVOCATE AGAINST ALEXANDER ELLIOT ANDERSON SALMOND 11/02/2021 16/02/2021
  • Lord Justice Clerk
APPEAL AGAINST CONVICTION BY AA AGAINST HER MAJESTY’S ADVOCATE 09/02/2021 09/02/2021
  • Lord Pentland
  • Lord Turnbull
  • Lord Justice Clerk

NOTE OF APPEAL AGAINST CONVICTION BY FARYAD DARBAZI AGAINST HER MAJESTY’S ADVOCATE

03/02/2021 09/02/2021
  • Lord Pentland
  • Lord Turnbull
  • Lord Justice General
APPEAL AGAINST CONVICTION BY SB AGAINST HER MAJESTY’S ADVOCATE 21/01/2021 09/02/2021
  • Lord Turnbull
  • Lord Menzies
  • Lord Justice General
CROWN APPEAL AGAINST SENTENCE BY HER MAJESTY’S ADVOCATE AGAINST SHAUN GATTI  02/02/2021 02/02/2021
  • Lord Justice Clerk
  • Lord Turnbull
  • Lord Pentland
CROWN APPEAL AGAINST SENTENCE  BY HER MAJESTY’S ADVOCATE STEPHEN JONES 02/02/2021 02/02/2021
  • Lord Pentland
  • Lord Turnbull
  • Lord Justice Clerk
APPEAL AGAINST CONVICTION BY KEVIN MCGROUTHER AGAINST HER MAJESTY’S ADVOCATE 29/01/2021 29/01/2021
  • Lord Turnbull
  • Lord Menzies
  • Lord Justice Clerk
APPEAL UNDER SECTION 65 OF THE CRIMINAL PROCEDURE (SCOTLAND) ACT 995 BY CS AGAINST HER MAJESTY’S ADVOCATE 29/01/2021 29/01/2021
  • Lord Turnbull
  • Lord Menzies
  • Lord Justice Clerk
NOTE OF APPEAL AGAINST CONVICTION BY DAVID CALLAGHAN AGAINST HER MAJESTY'S ADVOCATE  22/01/2021 22/01/2021
  • Lord Pentland
  • Lord Turnbull
  • Lord Justice General
APPEAL AGAINST CONVICTION FOLLOWING UPON A REFERENCE FROM THE SCOTTISH CRIMINAL CASES REVIEW COMMISSION BY THE REPRESENTATIVE OF HTE LATE ABDELBASET ALI MOHAMED AL MEGRAHI AGAINST HER MAJESTY'S ADVOCATE  15/01/2021 15/01/2021
  • Lord Woolman
  • Lord Menzies
  • Lord Justice General
  • Lord Justice Clerk
  • Lord Glennie
APPEAL AGAINST CONVICTION BY DAVID DITCHBURN AGAINST HER MAJESTY'S ADVOCATE  29/01/2020 17/12/2020
  • Lord Pentland
  • Lord Turnbull
  • Lord Malcolm