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Law and change: Scottish legal heroes
Law and change: Scottish legal heroes

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2.4 The High Court of Justiciary

Another key event and development in the history of Scottish legal institutions was the establishment of the High Court of Justiciary in 1672. This court continues to play an important role in the legal system in Scotland today. It is the final court of appeal in criminal matters and its creation cemented the separation of cases into civil and criminal matters which had begun in 1532.

The High Court of Justiciary
Figure 11 The High Court of Justiciary