Case archive



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

Six men who conspired to murder family lose appeal against conviction based on jury bias investigation

The High Court of Justiciary has refused six conjoined appeals against conviction by a group of men convicted of conspiring to murder a family in Glasgow.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 8 March 2021

High Court of Justiciary quashes man’s kebab restaurant sexual assault conviction

A man who was convicted of sexually assaulting a woman in a takeaway kebab restaurant in Glasgow has had his conviction quashed on appeal by the Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 15 February 2021

Glasgow murderer who killed man with machete outside pub loses appeal against conviction

A man serving a life sentence for murder after striking a man with a machete outside a Glasgow pub has had his appeal against conviction refused.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 26 January 2021

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