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  • Phone calls scam Oct 20, 2021

    We have been informed that some members of the public have received phone calls purporting to be from Edinburgh Sheriff and Justice of the Peace Court about outstanding payments. These calls DO NOT come from Edinburgh Sheriff Court. Read more ...
  • Monthly Information on Criminal Case Throughput for September 2021 Oct 19, 2021

    The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service has published today the latest monthly workbook to show the throughput of criminal cases in our courts. Read more ...
  • COP26 contingency planning: further update Oct 14, 2021

    The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) continues to review plans for the management of court operations during the United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP26) to be held in Glasgow – the biggest and most complex event ever held in Scotland. Read more ...

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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