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Coronavirus-Civil Business

Court of Session civil business


  • Civil business without witnesses will continue where possible. All hearings where witnesses are required will be adjourned.
  • Where parties agree, a hearing may proceed on written submissions or via telephone or video conferencing where possible.
  • Motions and ancillary business will be dealt with electronically where possible.
  • Documents due to be lodged may be posted to the offices or left at reception or public counters. Electronic submission of documents will be accepted where competent.

The Court of Session has issued guidance for practitioners on contingency arrangements during the Coronavirus emergency which is available to read here

Sheriff Court civil business

  • Civil business without witnesses will continue where possible. All hearings where witnesses are required will be adjourned.
  • Where parties agree, a hearing may proceed on written submissions or via telephone or video conferencing.
  • Motions and ancillary business will be dealt with electronically where possible.
  • Documents due to be lodged can be posted to the offices or left at reception or public counters. Electronic submission will be accepted up to 20MB in size and placed on the ICMS system where competent.
  • Separate guidance has been issue for the All Scotland Personal Injury Court.
  • Detailed guidance in relation to Simple Procedure will follow.

Civil Appeals

  • Court of Session appeals and reclaiming motions and Sheriff Appeal Court business will continue to be dealt with as normal. If parties are in agreement cases can proceed by written submissions only or proceed principally on written submissions with a restricted oral hearing. Where possible and if appropriate appeals will be held by telephone conferencing.

Full guidance for practitioners on contingency arrangements for Sheriff Appeal Court civil proceedings is available to read here

All Scotland Personal Injury Court

  • Motions, procedural hearings and all other hearings will continue to be dealt with electronically by written submission or telephone conferencing where possible.
  • Specific guidance has been issued to practitioners.

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