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Learn more about how the Council is developing sentencing guidelines for the criminal courts in Scotland.

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Council Chair helps mark International Women’s Day

Council Chair, Lady Dorrian, joined a group of leading Scottish legal minds to commemorate this year’s International Women’s Day.

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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 Meeting Dates


The Council meeting dates in 2017 are:


6 March

6 June

22 September

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