High Court of Justiciary

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High Court of Justiciary

the highest criminal court in and of Scotland. The Act of Union reserved criminal law to Scotland, so there is no appeal to the House of Lords. It is composed of Commissioners of Justiciary. The High Court goes on circuit. For trials, it comprises one judge and a jury of 15. Appeals can be heard by the High Court sitting as the court of criminal appeal.
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True, 72 percent of the women brought before the Justiciary Court were indicted for violent offences compared to only 40 percent of the men.
During trial before a Justiciary Court (Fisher was so tried) and while awaiting sentence or removal, liability for a prisoner's care did indeed lie with the crown or (more usually) the royal burgh in whose gaol the person was housed.
At one level, Fisher was a harmless kleptomaniac, (82) who had lived in south-west Scotland for years before he was finally prosecuted before the Justiciary Court.