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  • NEW COURT ARRANGEMENTS FROM TUESDAY 12 JANUARY 2021 Jan 11, 2021

    As a result of the increasing spread of the new variant of COVID-19 across Scotland, the Lord President has announced that during the lockdown period the criminal courts will focus on the most serious trials and the majority of summary trials in the sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace court will be adjourned. Read more ...
  • Stay Safe in Courts and Tribunals Jan 05, 2021

    The Lord President, Lord Carloway has called for all court and tribunal users to abide by the protective measures already in place against COVID transmission in Scotland’s courts and tribunal buildings. Read more ...
  • Courts and tribunals continue to operate Jan 04, 2021

    Following today’s Scottish Government announcement on additional COVID-19 restrictions, we can confirm that courts and tribunals will continue to operate business as currently scheduled, as this is an essential service. Read more ...

As tougher Covid restrictions are introduced in Scotland, The Lord President, Lord Carloway has called for all court and tribunal users to abide by the protective measures already in place against COVID transmission in Scotland’s courts and tribunal buildings. 

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SCTS has been rolling out Webex capability since April and it is now widely used in the Court of Session, Sheriff Appeal Court, Personal Injury Court, Sheriff civil courts proofs, debates, evidential and Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) hearings, and for tribunal hearings, including the Upper Tribunal. 

Read information on accessing virtual hearings and for those participating in, or preparing for, virtual courts or remote attendance in hearings.


Currently, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, jurors participate in court proceedings from separate remote jury centre, which ensures the jury can all physically distance while hearing evidence and taking part in deliberations about the case. Jurors will view the trial proceedings live on screen with most other trial participants attending the courtroom. 

Find out more about participating in a jury trial in Scotland during coronavirus.

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