Media Enquiries SCTS

Information for the media on how to contact the communications team.

Contact or phone 0131 444 3310.

Media portal

The SCTS media portal and registration scheme are for professional journalists who want to access certain criminal case information up to a week before a case calls.


Please note: The portal is a facility for Approved Registered Users only. You must be an employee of one of our registered organisations.

Sign in to access

Register for access to the media portal

For further information contact or call 0131 444 3333

Court case information

For factual information about cases in court please contact the relevant court directly (see our court locations) Please note: SCTS Communications does not hold case information. 

Published court documents can be accessed at: 

1. Judgments:

Opinions, or judgments, are decisions made by judges in court cases. 
Please note that the judgments listed are those considered by the judiciary to be of significance because of a point of law or particular public interest. Not all judgments are published on the website.

2. Contempt of court orders:
Court made orders postpone publication of reports of proceedings in listed cases. Media requiring the terms of a specific order can contact one of the following:

High Court of Justiciary

      Justiciary Office, Edinburgh
       0131 240 6905
Court of Session

      General Department, Edinburgh
       0131 240 6743
Sheriff Court

      see our court locations

Section 47 of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 (prohibits the publication of the name, address, school or any particulars calculated to lead to the identification of any person under the age of 18 who is an accused, victim or witness in criminal proceedings - Reporting Restrictions for under 18's

A guide has also been produced for SCTS staff to assist in their dealings with the media.
Access Media Guide (PDF)
This may be useful as an indication of what information may be available.

Judicial matters

For enquiries about judicial matters or information about the judiciary (apart from the name of a presiding judge which can be provided by the Court) contact the communications team of the Judicial Office by emailing , or visit Judiciary of Scotland.

Other media contacts


Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service

Contact the communications team for all inquiries about Crown prosecutions and petition stage hearings

0844 561 3984


Faculty of Advocates

Contact if you require a comment from the Faculty of Advocates in either a criminal or civil case or on a more general legal issue.

0131 226 5071


Scottish Government Justice Communications Team

Contact for media queries and comments relating to the Justice portfolio and Justice Ministers of the Scottish Government.

0131 244 2960



Law Society of Scotland

The Law Society of Scotland can comment on a wide range of legal issues, including proposed changes to legislation in Scotland, the UK and Europe.

0131 226 7411


Scottish Prison Service

The Communications branch of the Scottish Prison Service deals with queries relating to prisons including prison policy, procedures, events and incidents.

0131 330 3606/3609


Scottish Police Services Authority (SPSA)

Media issues relating to SPSA are dealt with through the corporate communications team. These include training (through the Scottish Police College), ICT, forensic services, criminal justice information and intelligence systems in addition to all of the SCDEA's activities.

0141 435 1240/1241


Police Scotland

Police Scotland was formally established on 1 April 2013 and took over responsibility for policing in Scotland from the eight former police forces, the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency and the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland.

Contact Police Scotland



The Supreme UK Court

The Supreme Court is the final court of appeal in the UK for civil cases and for criminal cases from England, Wales and Northern Ireland but not Scotland. It also hears cases involving devolution matters in Scotland and Wales.

The Supreme Court, Parliament Square, London, SW1P 3BD

General Enquiries 020 7960 1500 or 1900



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