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Latest News

  • Doors open on Madeleine Smith trial

    Aug 30, 2016

    Tours, trials, visits to the cells and even a demonstration video conferencing link to prison are among a wide number of activities available at courts across Scotland which will be taking part in the 2016 Doors Open Day event.
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  • Justice Cabinet Secretary Views Justice Centre Proposals

    Aug 29, 2016

    Cabinet Secretary for Justice Michael Matheson visited Inverness Castle today for a preview of a public consultation exhibition for the new Inverness Justice Centre.
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  • Drivers warned over unpaid fines

    Aug 25, 2016

    Drivers with unpaid fines have been warned they risk having their vehicles clamped, taken into storage and ultimately scrapped or sold off after a driver had to pay £1600 to recover his car clamped because of five outstanding fines.
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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


Work for SCTS

Go behind the scenes and experience what it is like to work for the SCTS.  

Throughout Scotland, the court service, tribunals and the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) provides an invaluable service to many:  including judicial partners, court users and customers.

View the video to learn about the many roles and responsibilities within the SCTS and visit our recruitment page for current vacancies. 



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