Case archive



Lord Advocate’s bid to appeal extradition ruling to UK Supreme Court refused

The Lord Advocate has been refused permission to appeal to the UK Supreme Court after a British businessman wanted by authorities in Taiwan to serve a prison sentence won a human rights appeal against a decision to extradite him.

High Court of Justiciary 30 November 2016

Child rapist’s ‘unduly lenient’ sentence prison increased following Crown appeal

A paedophile who was jailed for six years after being found guilty of a series of historic sexual offences has had his custodial term increased following an appeal by the Crown on the grounds of “undue leniency”.

High Court of Justiciary 29 November 2016

Sheriff’s decision not to sentence accused after fiscal failed to appear was ‘incompetent’

A sheriff’s decision not to impose a sentence on a woman convicted of a statutory breach of the peace and carrying a meat cleaver in public because there was no prosecutor in court when the case called has been successfully appealed by the Crown.

High Court of Justiciary 28 November 2016

Husband accused of sexual coercion fails in bid to question wife about alleged affairs

A husband who claimed his wife had “willingly engaged” in sexual activity with another man after he was accused of “coercing” her to do it has had an application to question her about two alleged extra-marital affairs rejected.

High Court of Justiciary 24 November 2016

Crown wins ‘public interest’ appeal against judge’s decision to desert trial

Prosecutors successfully challenged a trial judge’s decision to desert a trial against three men accused of breaking into banks and blowing open cash machines.

High Court of Justiciary 23 November 2016

Scottish Power fine after Longannet worker was burned now reduced following appeal

An electricity company which was fined £1.75 million for breaching health and safety legislation after a worker was badly burned has had the financial penalty reduced by £550,000 following an appeal.

High Court of Justiciary 7 November 2016

Appeal judges dismiss T in the Park drug dealer’s claim that police search was ‘unlawful’

A man accused of being concerned in the supply of ecstasy at T in the Park who claimed that the police search of him was “unlawful” has had an appeal refused after a sheriff rejected his challenge.

High Court of Justiciary 25 October 2016

Court issues reasons for authorising new prosecution of Ronnie Coulter for murder of Surjit Singh Chhokar

Judges have issued their reasons for setting aside the acquittal of a man accused of the 1998 murder of Surjit Singh Chhokar in Overtown, Lanarkshire.

High Court of Justiciary 24 October 2016

Crown criticised for ‘oppressive’ conduct in seeking warrant to search solicitors’ offices

that an application for a warrant might be made, Clyde & Co wrote to the sheriff clerk in Edinburgh on 11 July 2016 requesting they be contacted in that event, with a view to S being represented at any hearing, as it would be “oppressive and prejudicial” for a warrant to be granted a warrant without their client being heard.

High Court of Justiciary 19 October 2016

Contempt of court finding against witness who failed to attend trial ‘entirely justified’

A witness in an “abusive behaviour” case who was found in contempt of court after failing to attend court but later gave evidence at the trial has had a petition to the nobile officium of the High Court of Justiciary refused.

High Court of Justiciary 17 October 2016

Ecstasy dealer’s sentence reduced on appeal following reference by SCCRC

A man who was sentenced to 28 months detention after being convicted of being concerned in the supply of ecstasy has had his sentence reduced on appeal following a reference to the High Court of Justiciary Appeal Court by the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission.

High Court of Justiciary 13 October 2016

Teenage first offender wins appeal against custodial sentence for serious assault

A teenager who was jailed after admitting a charge of assault to severe injury and permanent disfigurement has successfully appealed against his custodial sentence.

High Court of Justiciary 12 October 2016

Man jailed for assaulting fiscal in court has ‘excessive’ sentence appeal rejected

A man who was sentenced to a total of five years' imprisonment after admitting assaulting police officers while on duty and assaulting a procurator fiscal depute in court has failed in an appeal against sentence.

High Court of Justiciary 5 October 2016

Paedophile loses appeal against Order for Lifelong Restriction

A paedophile convicted of a catalogue of sexual offences against 19 children has failed in an appeal against his “lifelong” sentence.

High Court of Justiciary 29 September 2016

British businessman found guilty of negligent manslaughter in Taiwan wins human rights appeal to stay in Scotland

A British businessman wanted by authorities in Taiwan to serve a prison sentence after he was found guilty of negligent manslaughter following a drink-driving accident has won a human rights appeal to stay in Scotland.

High Court of Justiciary 28 September 2016