Case archive



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

Sheriff Appeal Court upholds PI sheriff’s decision to sanction employment of counsel

The Sheriff Appeal Court has refused an appeal against a personal injury sheriff’s decision to s ...

Sheriff Appeal Court — 26 April 2017

National park authority wins appeal in dispute with estate owner over public access rights to land

A Scottish national park authority has successfully challenged a sheriff’s decision to allow an ap ...

Sheriff Appeal Court — 25 April 2017

Sheriff’s comment that child witness was ‘very brave’ did not render trial unfair

A newsagent found guilty of lewd, indecent and libidinous practices towards young female employees a ...

Sheriff Appeal Court — 27 March 2017

Scots lawyer convicted over domestic incident loses appeal against sheriff’s refusal to order absolute discharge

A solicitor and RAF wing commander found guilty of behaving in a “threatening or abusive manner” ...

Sheriff Appeal Court — 13 March 2017

Sheriff Appeal Court refuses Bill of Suspension challenging expediency warrant as ‘incompetent’

A man accused of a statutory breach of the peace who was seeking to suspend an apprehension warrant ...

Sheriff Appeal Court — 27 January 2017

Motorist who crashed while ‘admiring scenery’ loses appeal against dangerous driving conviction

A motorist found guilty of dangerous driving after crossing over onto the opposite carriageway while ...

Sheriff Appeal Court — 25 November 2016

Father who posted ‘threatening’ messages on ex-partner’s Facebook page wins appeal against conviction

A man found guilty of posting “threatening” messages on a former partner’s Facebook page follo ...

Sheriff Appeal Court — 16 November 2016

Motorist who caused injury by dangerous driving wins appeal against ‘excessive’ sentence in legal first

A motorist who was given a community payback order and banned from the road after he admitted fallin ...

Sheriff Appeal Court — 2 November 2016

Man who attacked dog walker with block of wood fails in ‘double jeopardy’ appeal

A man found guilty of assaulting a woman with a block of wood and a separate charge of carrying an o ...

Sheriff Appeal Court — 24 October 2016

Masked anti-fox-hunting protesters lose appeal against statutory breach of the peace conviction

A family of balaclava-clad anti fox-hunting protestors who were found guilty of a statutory breach o ...

Sheriff Appeal Court — 26 September 2016

Summary complaint following deserted solemn proceedings not unfair, Sheriff Appeal Court rules

A man accused on summary complaint of housebreaking against whom solemn proceedings over the same in ...

Sheriff Appeal Court — 20 September 2016

Summary sheriff failed to properly consider prejudice to accused in granting motion to adjourn trial

A man accused of a statutory breach of the peace and resisting arrest has had the complaint against ...

Sheriff Appeal Court — 11 August 2016

Motorist who failed to provide breath sample to police loses appeal against car forfeiture

A motorist who was ordered by a sheriff to forfeit his car after he admitted failing to provide a br ...

Sheriff Appeal Court — 30 May 2016