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  • Award for Inverness Justice Centre Architects

    Mar 26, 2021
    Reiach and Hall Architects won the architectural excellence award for public use for The Inverness Justice Centre at The Scottish Property Awards 2021.
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  • New 2022 Court of Session bank holidays to commemorate Platinum Jubilee

    Mar 23, 2021
    The Court of Session public holiday schedule for 2022 has been amended to allow for a four-day holiday weekend to commemorate Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
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  • Reducing the Criminal Trials Backlog

    Mar 19, 2021
    The Criminal Justice Board is developing proposals to recover, renew and transform Scotland’s justice system in the wake of the extensive disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a first step, the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service has announced plans to commence a court recovery programme from September 2021.
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  • Improving the Management of Sexual Offence Cases

    Mar 18, 2021
    A cross-justice Review Group, chaired by the Lord Justice Clerk, Lady Dorrian, has recommended that a new, national specialist Court with trauma-informed procedures be created to deal with serious sexual offence cases in Scotland.
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  • Criminal Court Restrictions Set to Ease From 19 April 2021

    Mar 17, 2021
    Since the Government’s national lockdown restrictions were implemented in January, criminal courts have focussed on the most serious trials, with the majority of summary trials in the Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court adjourned. Having reviewed the COVID-19 transmission levels and the vaccine roll-out, the Lord President has announced that there can be a cautious and incremental easing of the current criminal court restrictions.
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