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Latest News

  • Tribunals consultation launched

    Oct 20, 2016

    The Scottish Government is seeking views on draft regulations to transfer the functions and members of the First-tier Tax Tribunal to the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland and the functions and members of the Upper Tax Tribunal for Scotland to the Upper Tribunal for Scotland.
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  • Office of Senator of Justice

    Oct 06, 2016

    The Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland invites applications from suitably qualified individuals who wish to be considered for appointment to the office of Senator of the College of Justice by March 2017. Completed online applications should be submitted no later than midday on Thursday 27th October.
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  • Police-issued fines can now be paid by phone

    Sep 28, 2016

    It is now possible to pay fines for police-issued penalties via the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service automated phone line.
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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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