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Access to virtual hearings



Please read the following carefully - it is important that you read and understand.

Do not share access details for virtual hearings. Access is provided to you, the individual, and in accessing a case via the details provided, you are agreeing to the conditions set out. 




Media information

If you are member of the press seeking access to a virtual case, please email onlinehearingaccess@scotcourts.gov.uk at least two working days before the case is due to call. 

Alternatively, audio hearings can be accessed by dialing using the instructions below.



Restrictions: please read carefully

You will be able to listen to proceedings but will not see the participants.

Anyone failing to obey or respect the authority of the Court may be subject to Contempt of Court proceedings. In particular, those accessing a hearing:

  • must not record or store the proceedings
  • must not broadcast the proceedings.

The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service retain the copyright of live audio recordings of Court proceedings. Although you are welcome to listen to the proceedings, the re-use, capture, re-editing or redistribution of the material in any form is not permitted. You should be aware that any such use could attract liability for breach of copyright or defamation, in addition to the possibility of contempt of court proceedings.

In a physical court, access is provided on a first come first served basis. Although a significantly larger number of people can be accommodated through remote access, the hearing will close if audio capacity is reached.



Use of social media during a virtual trial

In relation to social media, members of the public must not, during the course of a virtual hearing, comment on the proceedings using any social media platform in relation to: jury trials; cases involving sexual offences; or cases where the participants cannot legally be identified.

Any social media comment in relation to the proceedings of other types of court case during the course of a hearing:

  • must be fair and accurate
  • must not be in Contempt of Court
  • must not be prejudicial to the court case


Each individual accessing the case should be personally aware of the legal restrictions of use and for this reason the meeting code should not be shared. 



A list of what what kinds of hearings can be heard virtually is found on the About Court Rolls page.

Information about accessing virtual Fatal Accident Inquiries can be found here.


How to dial into a virtual hearing

Having read this information carefully and agreeing to the conditions, please follow the instructions below to dial in to the hearing.

Dial (United Kingdom Toll) +44-20-7660-8149

Case access code: Enter the code detailed in the list below. If there are no listed codes, it means there are no scheduled virtual hearings.

When prompted, press # to join.

Please note this call may incur a cost and you should check with your phone provider.

Once connected, the line will remain silent until the hearing begins and then the sound will activate automatically. As participant arrangements require to be put in place, the hearing may not start immediately. Your patience is appreciated. 



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