Case archive



Appeal judges uphold Order for Lifelong Restriction on Aberdeen man convicted of assaulting ex-partners

The Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary has upheld a judge’s decision to impose an Order for Lifelong Restriction against a 24-year-old Aberdeen man convicted of several offences against two former partners.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 12 October 2021

Cumbernauld man loses High Court appeal against shop knife assault conviction

The High Court of Justiciary has refused an appeal by a Cumbernauld man against his conviction at Airdrie Sheriff Court for assaulting another man near a local shop with a knife.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 20 September 2021

High Court refuses appeal against trial judge’s decision to review evidence admissibility in sexual offences trial

An appeal by a man charged with 19 sexual offences against six different complainers challenging a trial judge’s decision to review orders allowing certain evidence to be led by him has been refused by the High Court of Justiciary.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 9 September 2021

Man with 34 previous convictions wins sentencing appeal after assaulting friend and ex-partner

A man who was convicted of assaulting his friend and ex-partner and of attempted murder of the former has had his sentence reduced by 3 years after an appeal to the High Court of Justiciary. 

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 27 August 2021

Ex-teacher who engaged in sexual activities with Shetland school pupils has sentence reduced on appeal

A former Shetland teacher who was convicted of engaging in sexual activities with two students has his sentence reduced by three months on appeal to the High Court of Justiciary.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 26 August 2021

High Court permits desertion of indictment against mentally ill man in favour of raising new indictment

A man who suffered from a mental health condition and was charged with rape has failed in his challenge of a decision to desert the indictment against him under section 56(5) of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 with a view to the Crown immediately serving a new one.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 9 August 2021

High Court refuses appeal against conviction by man who murdered family member of ex-wife’s new partner

A man who was sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering the partner of his ex-wife’s new boyfriend’s mother in 2019 has had his appeal against conviction refused by the High Court of Justiciary.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 9 July 2021

High Court refuses appeal by man convicted of indecently assaulting foster brother as a teenager

A man who was convicted of indecently assaulting his foster brother when he was a teenager has lost an appeal to the High Court of Justiciary against his conviction on the ground of sufficiency of evidence.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 30 June 2021

Couple who murdered Shetland woman for drug money lose appeals against conviction

Two people who were sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering a woman in Shetland have failed to challenge their convictions in the High Court of Justiciary but succeeded in having the punishment parts of their sentences reduced.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 24 June 2021

Man who claimed self-defence in knife attack despite denying having a knife loses appeal against attempted murder conviction

The High Court of Justiciary has refused an appeal against conviction by a man convicted of attempted murder made on the basis that he had a ‘jigsaw’ basis for a special defence of self-defence.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 24 May 2021

Men who spat at police officers during pandemic have prison sentences reduced by High Court of Justiciary

Two men who were sentenced to varying periods of imprisonment for spitting at police officers during the course of the Covid-19 pandemic have had their sentenced reduced by the Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 7 May 2021

Mum of six who fraudulently claimed £55,000 in benefits loses appeal against custodial sentence

A woman who was convicted of fraudulently obtaining £55,000 in child tax credits and sentenced to a year’s imprisonment has had her appeal against the imposition of a custodial sentence refused by the Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 28 April 2021

Full High Court bench rejects appeal by man convicted of rapes eight years apart

A bench of five judges in the Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary has refused an appeal against conviction by a man convicted of rapes occurring eight years apart from each other in a re-affirmation of the use of the Moorov doctrine in sexual offence cases.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 6 April 2021

Full High Court bench finds nobile officium petition by rape complainer competent

A Full Bench of the Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary has determined that a nobile officium petition made by a complainer in a rape case after she was not notified of an application by the accused to lead evidence of their sexual history is competent under the doctrine. 

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 24 March 2021

High Court rules Crown entitled to libel English guilty plea in Scottish sexual assault trial

A Crown appeal concerning whether it was entitled to libel in a docket the occurrence of an accused’s sexual assault conviction in another jurisdiction has been allowed by the Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 19 March 2021