Case archive



High Court rejects final posthumous appeal against Lockerbie bomber’s conviction

The High Court of Justiciary has rejected a final posthumous appeal against conviction on behalf of the man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing, Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 18 January 2021

Lockerbie appeal: High Court refuses to order recovery of secure documents

The High Court of Justiciary has refused to order the recovery of two protectively marked documents (PMDs) by the legal team appealing the conviction of the late Abdelbaset al-Megrahi following a recommendation by the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 23 November 2020

High Court refuses appeal by man convicted of possessing child abuse imagery

A man who was imprisoned for three charges relating to indecent photographs of children and images depicting bestiality has lost his appeal against conviction. 

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 13 November 2020

Convicted rapist loses mutual corroboration appeal based on paternity of complainer’s child

A man who was found guilty of the rape of his stepdaughter as well as incest under Section 2B of the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 1976 has lost his appeal against the former conviction.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 9 November 2020

Sex offender who inappropriately touched 11-year-old loses appeal against conviction

A man found guilty of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl who argued that there was insufficient evidence to convict has lost his appeal against conviction.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 2 November 2020

Sex offender who assaulted his sister and cousin loses appeal against conviction 

A sex offender who was convicted of indecently assaulting his cousin, who died before the beginning of the trial diet, has had his appeal against the conviction on the grounds that the trial was unfair refused.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 13 October 2020

Three young offenders have punishment parts of life sentences for murder reduced 

A trio of young offenders have successfully appealed the punishment parts of life sentences imposed on them after their joint murder of a man in Edinburgh, reducing them by two to four years each. 

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 9 October 2020

Murderer of Aberdeen woman loses appeal against sentence

The murderer of Aberdeen-born woman Neomi Smith, who was also convicted of minor assaults and behaving in an abusive or threatening manner towards her, has had his appeal against his sentence refused.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 5 October 2020

Son of Lockerbie bomber succeeds in obtaining order allowing appeal against father’s conviction

The High Court of Justiciary has granted an order allowing the son of the man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing, Abdelbaset Al Megrahi, to appeal against his late father’s conviction, following a referral of the case by the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC).

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 1 October 2020

High Court rejects appeal of man convicted in 'distressing' sexual assault trial

A man who was sentenced to 27 months’ imprisonment for sexually assaulting a woman has had his appeal against conviction refused by the Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 4 June 2020

Woman who shook eight-month-old baby loses appeal against conviction

A woman who was sentenced to three years' imprisonment for shaking an eight-month-old baby and endangering her life has lost her appeal against conviction.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 20 April 2020

Repeat offenders denied bail appeal due to COVID-19 uncertainties over trial diet

Two men who had been remanded in custody since July 2019 charged with assault and robbery and whose trial had been postponed due to the suspension of jury trials have had their appeal against refusal of bail refused.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 9 April 2020

Sex offender’s conviction upheld on appeal but sentence reduced by two years

A man convicted of a number of sexual offences has had his appeal against conviction refused but succeeded in having his sentence reduced due to his significantly low intelligence.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 6 April 2020

Man who pled guilty to assault but claimed ‘mental disorder’ fails in ‘defective representation’ appeal

A man who pled guilty to a violent assault who claimed he was the victim of a “miscarriage of justice” because he may have been suffering from a “mental disorder” at the time of the offence has had an appeal against his conviction rejected.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 26 March 2020

Criminal Appeal Court upholds firearms convictions after rejecting ‘hearsay’ claim

Two men found guilty of firearms offences have failed in an appeal against their convictions.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 25 March 2020