Case archive



Criminal Appeal Court refuses appeal against ‘oppressive’ restrictions on internet use

A man who was given a community payback order with restrictions on his internet use after being convicted of an attempt at “communicating indecently with an older child” has failed in an appeal against sentence.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 28 August 2015

Crown wins appeal against sheriff’s ‘not proven’ ruling over non-harassment order breach

The Crown has successfully challenged a sheriff’s decision to acquit a man of breaching a non-harassment order.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 24 August 2015

Relatives of Lockerbie victims do not have ‘legitimate interest’ in pursuing appeal - Criminal Appeal Court publishes opinion

The Criminal Appeal Court has published its opinion following the refusal of an application by relatives of Lockerbie bombing victims who were seeking to pursue an appeal on behalf of the man convicted of the atrocity in which 270 people were killed.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 13 August 2015

Man convicted of assault and robbery and dangerous driving wins appeal against ‘incompetent’ extended sentence

A man who was convicted of a number of offences including robbery and dangerous driving after he assaulted a woman and stole her car has successfully challenged a sheriff’s decision to impose an extended sentence.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 11 August 2015

Knock-out blow for Scott Harrison as appeal court upholds sheriff’s order for boxer’s extradition

Former boxer Scott Harrison is to be extradited to Spain to serve a prison sentence for two assault convictions after a sheriff granted a warrant sought by the Lord Advocate.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 7 August 2015

Judges pour cold water over firefighter’s appeal against wilful fire-raising conviction

A part-time firefighter who was found guilty of wilful fire-raising but claimed that a “miscarriage of justice” had occurred has failed in an appeal against conviction.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 20 July 2015

Pensioner who crashed into motorcyclists fails in ‘automatism’ appeal

A pensioner who was banned from driving for 10 years after he seriously injured two motorcyclists in a road traffic accident while driving himself to a hospital has failed in an appeal against his conviction.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 13 July 2015

US citizen jailed for assault wins appeal against custodial sentence

A trainee greenkeeper who was jailed for 21 months after being convicted of assaulting a university student following an argument in a pub has successfully challenged the sentence imposed by a sheriff.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 9 June 2015

Punishment part of 20 years was ‘not excessive’ for sex change murderer, appeal court rules

A woman who was jailed for a minimum of 20 years after being found guilty of murdering a vulnerable neighbour has had an appeal against the sentence imposed refused.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 24 February 2015

Sheriff’s decision to postpone trial was not oppressive, appeal court rules

A man charged with being in possession of a class A drug with intent to supply has had his challenge to a decision to postpone his trial for five months refused.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 16 February 2015

Criminal Appeal Court ‘unable to criticise’ 20-year punishment part imposed for murder

A man who was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment after being found guilty of murder has failed in an appeal against sentence.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 13 January 2015