Case archive



Observing partner partially clothed ‘not a criminal act’

Viewing one’s partner naked does not constitute voyeurism, appeal judges have ruled.   ...

Sheriff Appeal Court — 20 September 2018

Ex-councillor loses appeal against conviction for sending anti-Muslim text messages to lover

A former councillor found guilty of behaving in a “threatening and abusive manner which was li ...

Sheriff Appeal Court — 19 September 2018

Company director fails in appeal against decision to dismiss insurance claim over fire

The director of a company whose premises were destroyed by a fire has failed in an appeal ...

Sheriff Appeal Court — 4 September 2018

‘Drink-driving’ accused fails in appeal against sheriff’s decision to delay trial

A motorist accused of drink-driving who claimed that a sheriff’s decision to adjourn ...

Sheriff Appeal Court — 31 August 2018

Court allows appeal against sheriff’s decision that measure specified in CSO was not justified

A sheriff’s ruling that a Children’s Hearing decision to continue a Compulsory Supervisi ...

Sheriff Appeal Court — 29 August 2018

Church protestor with ‘God hates Catholics’ placard loses appeal against ‘abusive behaviour’ conviction

A “peaceful protestor” found guilty of a statutory breach of the peace for standing outs ...

Sheriff Appeal Court — 20 August 2018

Breach of the peace conviction for ‘smiling and winking’ at schoolboy quashed

A man found guilty of a breach of the peace after smiling and winking at a 12-year-old on a bus and ...

Sheriff Appeal Court — 15 August 2018

Van driver fails in appeal against parking charges for parking in private car park

A van driver who received no fewer than 22 penalty charge notices after parking his vehicle in a pri ...

Sheriff Appeal Court — 20 July 2018

Crown successfully appeals against JP’s decision to acquit ‘speeding driver’ over lack of corroboration 

A motorist who was acquitted of a speeding charge after a justice of the peace upheld a defence subm ...

Sheriff Appeal Court — 18 July 2018

Father fails in appeal against sheriff‘s decision to impose no penalty for mother’s contempt of court over refusal to allow contact with child 

A father who challenged a sheriff’s decision to impose no penalty against his former partner a ...

Sheriff Appeal Court — 10 July 2018

Motorist who claimed justice of the peace ‘lacked impartiality’ loses appeal against conviction for driving while using mobile phone

A motorist found guilty of using a mobile phone while driving who claimed that the justice of the pe ...

Sheriff Appeal Court — 12 June 2018

New simple procedure does not change sheriff’s powers in dealing with undefended cases, appeal court rules

The Sheriff Appeal Court has published a judgment in three test cases concerning the court’s a ...

Sheriff Appeal Court — 23 May 2018

Parent who harassed head teacher fails in appeal against court orders prohibiting further abuse

A parent who challenged court orders which were imposed upon him after he subjected a retired head t ...

Sheriff Appeal Court — 27 April 2018

Anglers win right to sue Scottish Water over river acid spill

An angling group has won a legal battle to sue Scottish Water over a spillage of high-purity acid ...

Sheriff Appeal Court — 4 April 2018

Consecutive sentence imposed for breach of CPO and domestic assault was ‘incompetent’

A man who was sentenced to five-and-a-half months’ imprisonment for assaulting his wife with one m ...

Sheriff Appeal Court — 3 April 2018