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Chamber

A judge’s work office when not presiding in the courtroom.

 

Civil cases

Cases in which one person or party brings an action against another person or party seeking some form of redress or other remedy. For more information see our fact sheet: The Judiciary in Scotland - Civil.

 

College of Justice

Created in 1532, it may be said to consist of the Supreme Courts judges (senators), Faculty of Advocates, writers to the signet (a society of solicitors), solicitors to the Supreme Courts, macers (the court officer who carried a mace before the judges) and Supreme Courts staff.

 

Conviction

When an accused person pleads guilty or is found guilty of an offence, they are convicted of that offence.

 

Custody

A person is in custody when they are kept in prison, a young offenders' institution, or a police cell.

 

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