Virtual courts

Virtual court proceedings are important in creating capacity for hearings which must be heard in person and to enable courts to function safely for those attending.

The following information is for those participating in, or preparing for, virtual courts or remote attendance in hearings.

Sheriff court professionals

Criminal hearings - Webex Meetings

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1. PF-Defence Agent virtual court guidancePDF1.27 MB21 Jun, 2023 Download
2. Police Witness GuidePDF900.52 KB21 Jun, 2023 Download
3. Victim Support Unit GuidePDF825.04 KB21 Jun, 2023 Download
4. Vulnerable WitnessesPDF531.75 KB21 Jun, 2023 Download
2. Criminal Virtual CertificationPDF223.16 KB21 Jun, 2023 Download

Hearings - Webex Webinars

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Representative & Party GuidancePDF574.63 KB20 Jun, 2023 Download
General Witness GuidePDF665.35 KB20 Jun, 2023 Download
Interpreter-translator GuidePDF663.54 KB20 Jun, 2023 Download

Civil hearings - Webex Meetings

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1. Guidance for Civil SolicitorsPDF1.30 MB10 Nov, 2021 Download
2. Party GuidePDF636.85 KB10 Nov, 2021 Download
3. Civil Bulk Court CertificationPDF296.21 KB10 Nov, 2021 Download

Supreme Courts professionals

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Court participants - witnesses and jurors

Virtual Civil hearings

We have produced a short film that shows how a virtual hearing in a civil court works to enable business to take place efficiently and effectively. The virtual court fully supports the functions of a live court environment and the film provides a high-level overview of how this works in practice. Virtual hearings are not used for all cases but are effective for some cases as set out in Guidance for Supreme Court users and for Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court users.

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