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New visitors may want to read about the Scottish Court Service or find out more about the Judiciary of Scotland, or the Supreme CourtsSheriff Courts or Justice of the Peace Courts. We have tried to provide information for many of our court users, whether visiting for the first time or professionals working in our courts. We value your feedback and welcome your suggestions, so please us as we continue to develop this site. 

Latest News

  • Fines enforcement brings in payment

    Feb 26, 2015
    A fines report published today shows that collection rates remain strong and enforcement action continues to bring in payment.
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  • Scottish Sentencing Council date announced

    Feb 18, 2015
    The Scottish Government has confirmed that new Scottish Sentencing Council (SSC) will be established by October this year with a view to having a first meeting in November.
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  • Lord President sets out Court Reform timetable

    Jan 28, 2015
    The Lord President sets out the timetable for the commencement of provisions of the Courts Reform (Scotland) Act 2014, his intention to appoint a President of the new Sheriff Appeal Court and announces the publication of the report on the televising of proceedings in court.
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Complaints Procedure

At the Scottish Court Service we are committed to providing high-quality services. If you would like to make a complaint or you are dissatisfied with our services, please tell us. The complaints procedure shows how to make a complaint, about our service standards and what you can expect from us. You can download a PDF copy of the complaints procedure here.

Royal Assent for Courts Reform (Scotland) Bill

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.

For more information see the Scottish Government website


SCS publishes Corporate Plan

Corporate Plan for 2014 - 2017 has been published.
Over the next three years, the Court Service will be at the heart of the most significant changes Scotland’s justice system has faced for more than a century.

Corporate Plan news article

Consultation on FAI legislation

A Scottish Government consultation is seeking views on proposals to modernise legislation on Fatal Accident Inquiries (FAI). The proposals aim to implement the remaining recommendations of Lord Cullen’s 2009 Review of Fatal Accident Inquiry Legislation to help modernise the way FAIs are handled in Scotland.

More information on FAIs is available from the SCS FAI webpage.

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