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One of the Council's key tasks is to prepare sentencing guidelines for the Scottish criminal courts.  More information about sentencing guidelines and how they are developed is available at this link.

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Glasgow Drug Court

The Glasgow Drug Court has held its first ‘graduation’. In a blog written for the Council, Sheriff Lindsay Wood explains what led up to this momentous event.


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Council meeting

The Council held its final meeting of 2016 on 12 December at Airdrie Sheriff Court hosted by Sheriff Principal Ian Abercrombie, QC.

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Council internship

The Council is seeking a PhD student to work with us on a three month internship looking at youth offending.

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