Scottish Court Service
For media enquiries about the Scottish Court Service (SCS), including, for example, strategic issues, policies, statistical matters and building concerns, contact communications or phone 0131 444 3310.
Court case information
For factual information about cases in court please contact the relevant court directly.
SCS Communications does not hold case information.
Published court documents can be accessed at:
- contempt of court orders
Court made orders postpone publication of reports of proceedings in listed cases. Media requiring the terms of a specific order can contact one of the following;
- High Court of Justiciary, Justiciary Office, Edinburgh 0131 240 6905 or fax 0131 240 6915.
- Court of Session, General Department, Edinburgh 0131 240 6741 0131 240 6746.
- Sheriff Court, the Sheriff Clerk see Court Locations - right
For enquiries about judicial matters (apart from the name of a presiding judge which can be provided by the court) contact the Communications section of the Judicial Office on 0131 240 6854 or visit Judiciary of Scotland
Other Media Contacts
Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service
Contact for all inquiries about Crown prosecutions and petition stage hearings
0844 561 3984
Works on behalf of all judges, sheriffs and Justices of the Peace in Scotland.
Contact if you require information about a member of the judiciary or any issue in relation to cases they are involved with.
Faculty of Advocates
Contact if you require a comment from the Faculty of Advocates in either a criminal or civil case or on a more general legal issue.
0131 226 5071
Scottish Government Justice Communications Team
For media queries and comments relating to the Justice portfolio and Justice Ministers of the Scottish Government.
0131 244 2960
Law Society of Scotland,
Edinburgh Communications Team
The Law Society of Scotland can comment on a wide range of legal issues, including proposed changes to legislation in Scotland, the UK and Europe.
0131 226 7411
Scottish Prison Service
The Communications branch of the Scottish Prison Service deals with queries relating to prisons including prison policy, procedures, events and incidents.
0131 244 8463
Scottish Police Services Authority (SPSA)
Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency (SCDEA)
Media issues relating to SPSA or SCDEA are dealt with through the Corporate Communications team. These include training (through the Scottish Police College), ICT, forensic services, criminal justice information and intelligence systems in addition to all of the SCDEA’s activities.
0141 435 1240/1241
Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (ACPOS)
The professional voice of police leadership in Scotland, working in partnership with central and local government to set strategic objectives for policing and delivering better integrated community services.
0141 534 8901
The Supreme UK Court
The Supreme Court
London SW1P 3BD
The Supreme Court is the final court of appeal in the UK for civil cases and for criminal cases from England, Wales and Northern Ireland but not Scotland. It also hears cases involving devolution matters in Scotland and Wales.
General Enquiries 020 7960 1500 or 1900
Scottish legal terms may be different from those used in England and Wales.
|Scottish ||English and Welsh |
|accused ||defendant |
|aliment ||alimony |
|arbiter ||arbitrator |
|co-accused ||co-defender |
|culpable homicide ||manslaughter |
|defender (civil) ||defendant |
|expenses ||costs |
|fire-raising ||arson |
|housebreaking ||burglary |
|interdict ||injunction |
|continued ||reserved |
|confirmation ||probate (wills) |
|pursuer ||plaintiff |
|reset ||receiving |
|uttering (presenting) ||forgery |