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Latest News

  • Office of Sheriff vacancy

    Apr 29, 2016

    The Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland invites applications from suitably qualified individuals who wish to be considered for appointment to the office of Sheriff in the Sheriffdom of Grampian, Highland and Islands to be based in Aberdeen. Further information including eligibility criteria can be found on the Board’s website.
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  • Victims and Witnesses report published

    Apr 29, 2016

    The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service has published the Standards of Service for Victims and Witnesses Annual Report 2015-2016 produced in partnership with Police Scotland, the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, the Scottish Prison Service and the Parole Board for Scotland. Standards of service for victims and witnesses were established in April 2015 and the Annual Report has been prepared to show how the organisations have performed against these standards over the past year and any changes they intend to make and why
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  • Early May Bank Holiday

    Apr 27, 2016

    All Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service buildings will be closed for the Early May Bank Holiday on Monday 2 May, 2016.
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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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