Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Scottish Sentencing Council

For the new “Principles and purposes of sentencing - Sentencing Guideline” (effective from 26 November 2018) and other educational materials go to the Scottish Sentencing Council website using the link on the sidebar.
Or just click HERE

Sunday, November 25, 2018

The Paisley Snail

Question:  who created the Paisley Snail painting that is featured in the header to the main web-site?

Answer:  it was David Michie OBE, RSA, PSSA, FRSA, RGI a Scottish artist of international standing.


David was so taken by the story of Donoghue v Stevenson 1932 SC (HL) 31 that he felt constrained to pay homage to the case in this delightful orginal piece of work.


For further details of the case - go to the Scottish Council of Law Reporting website HERE


For those who wish to try a CIVIL jury trial - the Donoghue v Stevenson MiniTrial is HERE 

The Edinburgh MiniTrials 2018

The 16th consecutive annual Edinburgh MiniTrials are due to take place in Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Saturday 8 December 2018.  Have a great day everyone.

The schools taking part are:

1.       Trinity Academy
2.       The Royal High School
3.       Forrester High School
4.       Balerno High School
5.       James Gillespie’s High School
6.       St Augustines RCHS
7.       St Thomas of Aquins RCHS
8.       Gracemount High School

The Edinburgh MiniTrials 2018 starter pack is HERE

The Edinburgh Sentencing materials are HERE

Saturday, November 24, 2018

The Orkney MiniTrials 2018


Congratulations to all those involved in the first Orkney MiniTrials.
The events took place in Kirkwall Sheriff Court on Saturday 3 November 2018 using MiniTrial materials.  The schools taking part were:
  • Kirkwall Grammar School;
  • Stromness Academy; and 
  • Westray Junior High.
Standards were extremely high and everyone appears to have thoroughly enjoyed their day in court.
Thanks go out to all the teachers, local lawyers, police and court staff for making the event such a success - and for whetting the appetite for next year.
Well done everyone.

The Orkney MiniTrials 2018 starter pack is HERE

The Orkney Sentencing materials are HERE

For a link to the Kirkwall Grammar School website: Click HERE.

Monday, February 19, 2018

A statue for May Donoghue

Breaking news:
A proposed commemorative statue for May Donoghue.
Details thanks to Scottish Legal News:
Click HERE for SLN

For the full background to the case - visit the resources of the Scottish Council of Law Reporting (SCLR) at:
http://www.scottishlawreports.org.uk/resources/dvs/donoghue-v-stevenson.html .

Thanks also to “The Paisley Irregulars of Vancouver” who spotted the story from Canada - and who later provided this photograph.



Saturday, January 20, 2018

The Forth Valley MiniTrials 2017

Many congratulations to all those involved in the Forth Valley MiniTrials 2017 which took place in:
  • Falkirk
  • Alloa, and 
  • Stirling.
The events took place over 3 days on 22 September and 1 and 3 November 2017.  The feedback has been very positive and complementary.  The sheriffs presiding were Sheriff David Mackie in Alloa and Stirling, and Sheriff Mundy in Falkirk.  The eight schools involved were:


  • Denny High School,
  • Larbert High School,
  • St Mungo’s High School,
  • Alloa Academy,
  • Lornshill Academy,
  • St Modans High School,
  • Balfron High School, and
  • McLaren High School. 
Many thanks to all of the pupils and teachers involved - and for the support provided to them locally by:
  • Sheriff Clerks,
  • The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service,
  • Bar Associations,
  • Police Scotland,
  • G4S,
  • Social Work Departments,
  • The Witness Service, and
  • The media – Falkirk Herald, Alloa Advertiser and Stirling Observer.
 The sentencing exercises were based on materials from the Scottish Sentencing Council.  

All the events were organised by John MacFarlane, Crown Office.  

Materials from MiniTrial.

The Forth Valley MiniTrials 2017 starter pack is HERE

The Forth Valley Sentencing materials are HERE

Well done everyone.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Edinburgh MiniTrials 2017



The Edinburgh MiniTrials 2017 took place on Saturday 7 October 2017.
This was the 15th consecutive annual event in Edinburgh Sheriff Court.
The schools participating this year were:
  • Forrester High School
  • Holy Rood High School
  • James Gillespie's HS
  • The Royal High School
  • Portobello High School
  • Balerno High School
  • St Thomas of Aquins RC HS and
  • Craigmount High School.
They were all brilliant.  Well done to all those involved and to all those who assisted.  Special thanks to Richard Hart of Trinity Academy for organising the event and liaising with the teachers and supporters.

To see the starter pack of materials for the Edinburgh MiniTrials 2017 Click here.

Thanks to the Scottish Sentencing Council and others we now have NEW MiniTrial sentencing materials relating to the adjourned diet for sentence in the case of  HMA v Wade.

Click here to see the sentencing exercise.

Click here to go to the Scottish Sentencing Council website for more information on sentencing.




The Forth Valley MiniTrials 2017


Good luck to all those involved in the forthcoming "Forth Valley MiniTrials" due to take place in :

   Falkirk      on    22 September;
   Alloa          on     1 November; and
   Stirling      on     3 November.

All these events have been organised by John MacFarlane of the Crown Office Strategy Development Team and are supported by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service, Police Scotland, local bar associations, social work departments and G4S.  

An update will follow.

Friday, August 11, 2017

New SCTS video on jury service

The Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service has produced a video showing different stages of  the jury experience.
Watch it HERE