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  • Courts closed for local holidays Jul 03, 2020

    Some courts are closed on Monday 6 July for local holidays. Read more ...
  • Extending Virtual Summary Trials in Scotland Jul 03, 2020

    Following the success of virtual trials in Aberdeen and Inverness, Sheriff Principal Derek Pyle has recommended the use of virtual courts as a necessity for summary criminal cases. Read more ...
  • Confirmation on simple procedure Jul 02, 2020

    Further to discussion between SCTS and the Law Society, Sheriffs Principal have confirmed that in line with the published guidance of 1 June 2020, all simple procedure claims, submitted either via Civil Online, email or paper, will be registered, provided they were lodged before the receiving court moved into phase 2 of its recovery programme, after 15 June. Read more ...
You can now submit Simple Procedure cases, pay court fees, submit supporting documents and respond to any claim lodged, all online at any time. 
Visit Civil Online for details
. Civil Online

The SCTS has led significant work over the past few years to develop proposals for improving the experience of Children and Vulnerable Witnesses in criminal trials, and for transforming Summary Criminal Court Procedure.  Details of this work, which started with the Evidence and Procedure Review in 2015, can be found through the following link:
Read the Evidence and Procedure Review

Simple Procedure replaces the current small claims procedure and part of the summary cause procedure.  It is a court process designed to provide a speedy, inexpensive and informal way to resolve disputes where the monetary value does not exceed £5,000.
Read more on Simple Procedure

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