Case archive



High Court refuses post-conviction appeals by three men convicted of abduction and rape

The High Court of Justiciary has refused three appeals on behalf of men convicted of abduction and rape based on advances in medical science after their cases were referred to the court by the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission.

High Court of Justiciary 19 August 2021

High Court reduces sentence of gang member convicted of attempted murder of rival

The High Court of Justiciary has reduced the sentence of a man who was convicted of the attempted murder of a rival gang member after his case was referred to the court by the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission.

High Court of Justiciary 1 July 2021

High Court of Justiciary orders sheriff to approve extradition of Albanian man wanted by Italian authorities

The High Court of Justiciary has reversed a sheriff’s decision to discharge from custody an Albanian man wanted by the Italian authorities to serve a prison sentence for his role in an attempted murder, and ordered that he be extradited.

High Court of Justiciary 25 June 2021

Ex-diplomat found in contempt of court over Salmond case refused permission to appeal to Supreme Court

A journalist and former diplomat who was found to be in contempt of court for publishing material relating to the trial of former First Minister Alex Salmond has been refused permission by the High Court of Justiciary to appeal his case to the Supreme Court.

High Court of Justiciary 10 June 2021

High Court refuses extradition appeal by Bulgarian man wanted in Romania for driving without licence

The High Court of Justiciary has refused to grant leave of appeal against the decision of a sheriff to extradite a Bulgarian man to Romania in order to serve a prison sentence there for driving without a licence.

High Court of Justiciary 13 April 2021

Former UK ambassador held in contempt of court for Salmond case publications

A “new media” journalist who observed part of the trial diet in the prosecution of former First Minister Alex Salmond for various sexual offences has been found by the High Court of Justiciary to be in contempt of court for disclosing information that could lead to the identification of the complainers.

High Court of Justiciary 30 March 2021

High Court holds motorist could not pervert the course of justice by giving ‘deer’ defence

The High Court of Justiciary has determined that a man who was charged with causing two deaths by dangerous driving could not also be charged with perverting the course of justice by stating his defence to the charge.

High Court of Justiciary 11 December 2020

Rape accused’s attempt to question complainer about sado-masochistic sexual past rejected

A man accused of raping his former partner has failed in a legal bid to lead evidence to the effect that the complainer had been involved in sado-masochistic sexual conduct with another man before, during and after their relationship ended.

High Court of Justiciary 4 November 2019

Crown entitled to use evidence from children’s hearing to prosecute alleged sex offender, but evidence held ‘inadmissible’ due to erroneous legal advice

A man accused of sexual offences against his daughter has successfully challenged an attempt by prosecutors to rely on his admissions to a children’s hearing as evidence to corroborate the charges in the criminal proceedings against him.

High Court of Justiciary 10 July 2019

Mother wins appeal against conviction for assaulting police officers who ‘unlawfully’ entered home

A mother who was found guilty of assaulting two police officers who unlawfully entered her home and tried to detain her has successfully appealed against her conviction.

High Court of Justiciary 2 May 2019

A sleeping person is not capable of consenting to sex, appeal court rules in rape case

A man accused of the rape of woman while she was asleep who claimed that he had the consent of the complainer has had his appeal rejected.

High Court of Justiciary 29 April 2019

Evidence of non-penetrative sexual assault capable of providing ‘mutual corroboration’ of rape, appeal court rules

A man found guilty of rape who claimed that evidence of a charge of sexual assault could not provide “mutual corroboration” for the rape charge has had an appeal against his conviction rejected.

High Court of Justiciary 24 April 2019

Criminal Appeal Court clarifies corroborative status of CCTV evidence 

The High Court of Justiciary has clarified the status of CCTV footage for the purposes of corroboration, confirming that where the only evidence of the crime libelled is the recorded footage and where its provenance is established, it can provide “sufficient evidence” of the “actus reus” of an offence.

High Court of Justiciary 1 March 2019

Crown wins ‘mutual corroboration’ appeal to restore conviction of man caught repeatedly masturbating in view of neighbour

A man found guilty of repeatedly exposing himself and masturbating in view of his next door neighbour, who had partially succeeded in an appeal due to a lack of corroboration, has had his original conviction restored after the Crown appealed against appeal court’s decision. 

High Court of Justiciary 8 February 2019

Mid-trial admission of CCTV evidence did not lead to miscarriage of justice in knife assault case, appeal court rules

A man found guilty of attacking another man with a meat cleaver, who claimed that a sheriff was wrong to allow CCTV footage to be introduced as evidence after its existence only became apparent during the trial, has had an appeal against his conviction refused.

High Court of Justiciary 17 December 2018