Note: The term "the Supreme Courts of Scotland" refers to the two Edinburgh-based courts the High Court of Justiciary and Court of Session (civil cases),
The UK Supreme Court is (as was the House of Lords previously) the highest court of appeal on Scottish civil law cases, hearing appeals from the Court of Session. When it is a Scottish criminal law case, the UKSC's role is limited to hearing only those appeals involving consideration of ‘devolution issues’ or human rights under the European Convention.
Session Cases (SC) report series are those of highest authority.
Thus a leading House of Lords decision Donoghue v Stevenson in Scotland is cited as 1932 SC (HL) 31; while in England it is  AC 562
Some citations to Scottish law report citations you may encounter
|D||Dunlop's Session Cases 1838 to 1861|
|FamLR||[Green's] Family Law Reports|
|F||Fraser's Session Cases 1898 to 1905|
|HousLR||[Green's] Housing Law Reports|
|M||Macpherson's Session Cases|
|RepLR||[Green's] Reparation Law Reports|
|R||Rettie's Session Cases 1873 to 1897|
|S||Shaw's Session Cases 1821 to 1837|
|SCCR||Scottish Criminal Case Reports|
|SCLR||Scottish Civil Law Reports|
|SLCR||Scottish Land Court Reports|
|SLR||Scottish Law Reporter|
|SLT||Scots Law Times|
|GWD||Green's Weekly Digest|
The Scottish practice does not use the ( )[ ] distinction in citing cases in law reports.
Most modern Scottish law report volumes are distinguished by year - in which case no brackets are used eg 1981 SLT 161
Where the individual volumes of a report series are distinguished by volume numbers, the date can be inserted in ( ) before the volume number eg Moore v Gledden (1869) 7 M 1296
An indication of the court which heard the case can be included in the citation before the start page eg 1980 SLT (Sh Ct) 56. Mostly as with this Sheriff Court abbreviation not hard to work out.
Neutral Citations (case identifiers) of Scottish courts
Since their introduction in 2006, higher court cases will have a neutral citation following the party names.
Court of Session Inner House CSIH
Court of Session Outer House CSOH
High Court Judiciary Appeal Court HCJAC
Previously the House of Lords (UKHL), and now the Supreme Court (UKSC) may hear appeals in matters of Scottish civil law