Case archive



Non-disclosure of CCTV images did not result in miscarriage of justice, appeal judges rule

A man found guilty of brandishing a knife at two men who came after him with nunchuks and a baton has failed in an appeal against his conviction after claiming the non-availability of CCTV evidence resulted in an “unfair” trial.

High Court of Justiciary 16 June 2017

Warrant to search law firm’s offices in Rangers fraud case was ‘oppressive’

A warrant authorising the police to enter the offices of a London law firm and to take possession of documents relating to the “acquisition, running, administration and disposal of the assets” of Rangers Football Club was suspended after appeal judges ruled that its terms were “oppressive”.

High Court of Justiciary 12 June 2017

Crown wins appeal over admissibility of child assault accused’s admissions to social worker

The Crown has successfully challenged a judge’s decision that an admission made by a mother accused of assaulting her child during a conversation with a social worker in hospital was “inadmissible”.

High Court of Justiciary 24 May 2017

Man accused of having indecent images of children loses appeal against time-bar extension

A man accused of being in possession of indecent images of children has failed in an appeal against a sheriff’s decision to extend the time bar for prosecutors to bring him to trial.

High Court of Justiciary 23 May 2017

Sheriff’s ‘draconian’ decision to desert domestic abuse trial successfully challenged by Crown

Prosecutors have successfully challenged a sheriff’s decision to desert simpliciter a case against a man accused of a catalogue of domestic abuse charges.

High Court of Justiciary 22 May 2017

Full bench to review procedure for challenging search warrant and admissibility of evidence

A full bench is to review the procedure for challenging the validity of a police search warrant granted by a sheriff and the admissibility of evidence obtained from the search.

High Court of Justiciary 19 May 2017

Full bench to review jury directions on video evidence

A bench of five judges is to review the directions to be given to a jury as to how they should treat video evidence presented to them at trial.

High Court of Justiciary 17 May 2017

Teacher guilty of child sex offences in Moorov case wins appeal against conviction

A maths teacher found guilty of two charges of child sex offences 17 years apart on the basis of “mutual corroboration” has successfully appealed against his conviction.

High Court of Justiciary 4 May 2017

Father-of-four loses appeal against five-year sentence for firearms offences

A man who attempted two bring two stun guns disguised as mobile phones into the UK after buying the weapons while on holiday has had an appeal against his five-year prison sentence refused.

High Court of Justiciary 19 April 2017

Fire-raiser fails in ‘insufficient evidence’ appeal against conviction

A man found guilty of wilful fire-raising on an “art and part” basis after paying another man to start the blaze has failed in an appeal against his conviction.

High Court of Justiciary 7 April 2017

Child sex offender loses appeal over sheriff’s ‘misdirection’ on mutual corroboration

A man found guilty of historical child sex offences who claimed he suffered a “miscarriage of justice” as a result of a sheriff’s “misdirection” has failed in an appeal against his conviction.

High Court of Justiciary 3 April 2017

Appeal Court grants Crown application to allow hearsay evidence in fraud case

A Crown application to lead hearsay evidence of a now deceased victim of an alleged fraud has been granted following an appeal.

High Court of Justiciary 29 March 2017

Historical abuse accused wins appeal against extension of time bar to bring case to trial

A man accused of historical child sex offences has had proceedings against him deserted after he successfully challenged a sheriff’s decision to allow more time for prosecutors to bring the case to trial following inexplicable delays by the Crown in securing the evidence of a key witness.

High Court of Justiciary 24 March 2017

Crown wins appeal against sheriff’s ruling that European Arrest Warrant did not state a crime in Scots law

A sheriff’s decision to discharge a man who was arrested on a European Arrest Warrant after ruling that the crime narrated was not an offence in Scots law has been overturned following an appeal.

High Court of Justiciary 20 March 2017

Mother who murdered toddler Liam Fee loses appeal against conviction

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High Court of Justiciary 10 March 2017