Case archive



Couple who murdered Shetland woman for drug money lose appeals against conviction

Two people who were sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering a woman in Shetland have failed to challenge their convictions in the High Court of Justiciary but succeeded in having the punishment parts of their sentences reduced.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 24 June 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

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

Rape accused loses 5-judge appeal against refusal to allow character evidence 

A man accused of rape who applied under section 275 of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 to admit evidence of the complainer’s character has had his appeal against the preliminary hearing judge’s refusal of his application refused.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 15 October 2020

Aberdeenshire man has murder sentence reduced

A man convicted of murdering a man in Turiff, Aberdeenshire, has had the punishment part of his sentence reduced on appeal to the High Court of Justiciary.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 10 July 2020

High Court refuses appeal of man convicted of assaulting a baby

The Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary has refused an appeal against conviction by a man convicted of assaulting his baby daughter between May and July 2017.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 30 June 2020

High Court rules dual-purpose items can be considered disguised firearms

The High Court of Justiciary has ruled that the incorporation of a firearm into a dual-purpose object does not mean that it cannot be regarded as “disguised as another object” under section 5(1A)(a) of the Firearms Act 1968.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 22 June 2020

High Court allows appeal against conviction for rape and indecent assault

The High Court of Justiciary has allowed an appeal against conviction for charges of rape and indecent assault on the ground that the two charges were too materially different to mutually corroborate one another.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 19 June 2020

COVID-19: Man who deliberately coughed in faces of police officers has sentence increased

A Crown appeal against the leniency of the sentence of a man who pled guilty to deliberately coughing in the faces of two police officers and thus recklessly endangering their lives has resulted in the total sentence being increased by nine months.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 18 June 2020

Inner House refuses alleged fraudster’s extradition appeal

A Scottish man who is the subject of an extradition request by the US government has failed in his challenge of a sheriff’s decision to grant permission for the extradition to go ahead.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 5 June 2020

Killers of Glasgow man murdered with knife and hammer lose appeals against conviction

Two men who were convicted of the murder of a man in Glasgow have failed in their appeals against their conviction.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 1 June 2020

Murder conviction quashed after amended charge resulted in ‘contradictory’ verdict

A man found guilty of murdering his friend after causing him to fall down a flight of stairs and repeatedly kicking and stamping on his head and body has successfully appealed against his conviction.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 18 February 2020

Heroin dealer who claimed DNA evidence was ‘insufficient’ fails in appeal against conviction

A man found guilty of being concerned in the supply of heroin who claimed that DNA evidence linking him with the bags in which the drugs were found was insufficient for the jury to draw an inference of guilt has had an appeal against his conviction rejected.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 23 January 2020

Man facing trial for sexual offences fails in appeal to lead evidence of ‘false allegations’

A man accused of sexual offences against his partner and son who was seeking to introduce evidence that the mother of their children had induced her sons to make false allegations against him and others has had his application rejected.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 21 January 2020

Appeal Court warns judges not to ‘cross-examine’ complainers in sexual offence cases in rejecting appeal against rape conviction

Judges presiding over solemn cases have been reminded not to take over the role of “cross-examiner” of witnesses, particularly in trials involving allegations of serious sexual offending.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 21 November 2019