Case archive



Men who spat at police officers during pandemic have prison sentences reduced by High Court of Justiciary

Two men who were sentenced to varying periods of imprisonment for spitting at police officers during the course of the Covid-19 pandemic have had their sentenced reduced by the Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 7 May 2021

Mum of six who fraudulently claimed £55,000 in benefits loses appeal against custodial sentence

A woman who was convicted of fraudulently obtaining £55,000 in child tax credits and sentenced to a year’s imprisonment has had her appeal against the imposition of a custodial sentence refused by the Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 28 April 2021

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

High Court of Justiciary restores convictions of three men who wore IRA shirts to Celtic match

A Crown appeal against the Sheriff Appeal Court’s decision to quash the convictions of three men who wore allegedly offensive T-shirts to a football match between Celtic FC and Linfield FC has succeeded in the High Court of Justiciary.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 17 March 2021

Crown appeal against lenient sentence of man who sexually assaulted niece upheld

An appeal by the Crown to the High Court of Justiciary against the sentencing of a man convicted of statutory sexual offences involving his niece, a child under the age of 13, has succeeded.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 15 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

Paisley man jailed for possession of disguised stun gun has sentence reduced

A man who was imprisoned for carrying a stun gun disguised as a mobile phone has been successful in challenging the length of his sentence in the Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 5 March 2021

Order preventing publication of identities of complainers in Salmond case varied by High Court

An order preventing the publication of the identities of the complainers in the charges that were brought against former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has been amended by the Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary following an application for variation.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 19 February 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

Crown sentence appeals founded on use of English driving offence guidelines refused by High Court

Two separate Crown appeals against what it considered unduly lenient sentences handed to two men convicted of dangerous driving charges have been rejected by the Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 5 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

Edinburgh man has ‘mouth punch’ culpable homicide appeal upheld 

The High Court of Justiciary has allowed an appeal by an Edinburgh man against his conviction for culpable homicide after he argued that the trial judge had misdirected the jury in relation to the definition of the offence. 

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 21 December 2020