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Bible Society embarks on court programme

21 July 2010

The Scottish Bible Society has embarked on a programme of delivering Bibles in contemporary translation to Scottish courts, in a push to increase engagement with the Bible in view of its formative influence on Scotland’s legal tradition.

In parallel with distribution to the High Court, Court of Session and sheriff courts, SBS will also distribute Bibles to the Faculty of Advocates Library, the Crown Office, the country-wide offices of the Procurator Fiscal Service and local faculty libraries.

SBS chief executive Elaine Duncan said that the move followed up an initiative suggested during the Society’s recent bicentenary year. It aimed to ensure that judges in the Court of Session and each of the sheriff courts had ready access to a copy of the Bible not only as a reference book which remained relevant to many aspects of substantive law, but also as the source of the principles of justice, integrity and mercy which underpinned the court system in Scotland.

Each Bible will be accompanied by an explanatory booklet outlining the significance of the Bible to the law of Scotland and giving examples of Bible texts relevant to aspects of law and practice. Copies of this booklet are available free of charge from SBS by contacting .

The launch of the programme was marked by an informal reception in the Signet Library, Edinburgh, at which Lord Mackay of Clashfern, as Honorary President of SBS, presented inscribed Bibles to the Lord President, Lord Hamilton, and the Lord Justice Clerk, Lord Gill.

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