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Latest News

  • New Tayside Commercial Court

    Feb 21, 2017

    A new court dedicated to dealing with commercial disputes is to be established in Tayside, it will sit in Dundee, Forfar and Perth Sheriff Courts.
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  • Forthcoming changes to the Scottish Tax Tribunals

    Feb 06, 2017

    From 24th April, 2017 the existing First–tier Tax Tribunal for Scotland, will be abolished and its functions and members will be transferred to a Tax Chamber. The Chamber will sit within the newly-established First-tier Tribunal for Scotland. At the same time the Upper Tax Tribunal will also be abolished and its functions and members transferred to the Upper Tribunal for Scotland.
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  • New courtrooms at Glasgow High Court

    Feb 03, 2017

    The Lord President, Lord Carloway today, Friday 3 February 2017, formally inaugurated two new courtrooms at Glasgow High Court providing dedicated specialist facilities designed to meet the needs of the modern trial.
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Service Standards

There are new standards of service for victims and witnesses involved in court cases. The SCTS  is committed to providing high-quality services and are holders of the CSE award - Customer Service Excellence. If our service falls below these standards or you  would like to make a complaint, please tell us.  Our complaints procedure shows how to make a complaint and what you can expect from us. You can download a PDF copy of the complaints procedure here.

Courts Reform (Scotland) Act 2014

The Courts Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 heralds the most significant changes to Scotland’s civil justice system in generations and continues the programme of reform of Scotland’s courts implementing many of the recommendations of the Scottish Civil Courts Review, led by principal reviewer Lord Gill, commissioned in 2007. More information is available on the new All-Scotland Sheriff Personal Injury Court and the Sheriff Appeal Court.


Evidence and Procedure Review – Next Steps

The SCTS is recommending both a new approach to ensure children and vulnerable witnesses are protected from further trauma while giving evidence and radical digital transformation of the summary criminal justice system. 

Evidence and Procedure Report - Next Steps

New Simple Procedure

Simple Procedure replaces the current small claims procedure and part of the summary cause procedure.  It is a court process designed to provide a speedy, inexpensive and informal way to resolve disputes where the monetary value does not exceed £5,000.
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