Coronavirus (COVID-19)  

Guidance for Supreme Court Users 17.03.2021
Guidance for Sheriff Court and Justice of the  Peace Users 17.03.2021
Guidance for Supreme Court Users 12.02.21
Guidance for Sheriff Court and Justice of the  Peace Users 12.02.21
Guidance for Supreme Courts Users 12.01.2021
Guidance For Sheriff Court and Justice Of the Peace Court Users 12.01.2021
Face coverings in Court proceeding 11.01.2021
Court of Session COVID-19 emergency guidance 08.01.2021 revised 10.01.2021
Practice Note No 4 Of 2020 summary criminal business in the sheriff courts: further provision regarding Intermediate diets etc. 11.11.2020
SCTS Respond Recover Renew 16.08.2020
Guidance for High Court and Sheriff Appeal Court Practitioners 08.03.2021
Sheriff Appeal Court - virtual bail appeal court guidance 05.08.2020
Guidance for High Court and Sheriff Appeal Court Practitioners 15.07.2020
PI Court Proofs - guidance on the conduct of virtual hearings 09.07.2020
Jury attendance information sheet 06.07.2020
Court of Session Guidance for Practitioners (Updated 22.06.2020. Revised 07.08.2020)
Office of the Public Guardian Update - Getting back to work 18.06.2020
Guidance for Practitioners appearing in the Bail Appeal Court 14.07.2020
Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 Lord President’s direction No 2 of 2020 09.06.2020
Attendance by electronic means 04.06.2020
Sheriff Courts business update 01.06.2020
Personal Injury Court Opposed Motions: Guidance Note for Practitioners 21.05.2020
All Scotland PI Court Guidance 15.05.2020
Court of Session Guidance Note update 01.06.2020
Guidance in relation to Remote Hearings – Attendance by Electronic Means 11.05.2020
Guidance on Facilitating Pleas of Guilty in Summary Criminal Proceedings 05.06.2020
High Court and Sheriff Appeal Court Criminal Guide for Practitioners​ 29.05.2020
Sheriff Courts - Civil - New guidance 29.04.2020
Sheriff Appeal Court Civil Guidance for Practitioners 27.04.2020
Sheriff Courts -  Civil - Update 24.04.2020
Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 - Directions of the Lord President 09.04.2020
List of Urgent and Necessary Business 09.04.2020
Sheriff and JP Court Hubs (includes Sheriffdom Orders and Guidance) 03.04.2020
All Scotland PI Court Guidance 03.04.2020
Guidance on Compliance with Family Court Orders 27.03.2020
Update - Court arrangements from 25 March 25.03.2020
High Court and Sheriff Appeal Court Criminal Guide for Practitioners 25.03.2020
Court of Session Guidance for Practitioners 25.03.2020

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Keeping our Courts and Tribunal Buildings Safe

In normal times we welcome members of the public visiting our courts and tribunals on a daily basis; to support friends and family and to uphold the principle that justice can be seen to be done.

These are not normal times and we need to minimise the number of public visitors in our buildings.

Therefore In order to play our part in responding to the coronavirus and reduce the risk of infection spread we ask every member of the public, who is not directly involved in proceedings, not to enter our buildings. 

This will help us protect our environment and minimise the risk for those who are required to attend court or tribunal hearings. 

You don’t need to come to a court building to pay a fine. You can pay online at with phone and postal options also available. 

You can manage a simple procedure claim or response entirely online. Details at


With strong Government advice on social distancing and avoiding gatherings, we ask that you stay away and reduce the risk of Coronavirus spread.

Thanks for your support in minimising the risks for everyone.


Jury trials

From today, 15 June 2020, citations for potential jurors in the High Court have been issued for trials scheduled to commence in Glasgow and Edinburgh in July.  Safety is key component of the planning and preparation for jury trials.  The citations being issued today include an information pamphlet about the measures put in place by the SCTS to ensure the safety of all jurors, staff and judiciary called Jury trials - your safety is our priority

These pages provide detailed information to support potential jurors throughout their service as potential jurors. Please read this, and continue to check back here from time to time as more information will be made available.



Planning our response to Coronavirus

“Unprecedented times” is a phrase that has probably been overused in the last year, but best describes where we find ourselves today; not just as an organisation, or a country but as a global society.

The justice system lies at the heart of any democratic society and that’s even more important during this period. 

Last week the SCTS hosted a Criminal Justice Multi-Agency Workshop to work through the challenges of how we prioritise action across the justice system to focus on safety and public order. This covered a wide range of issues including custody management, administrative hearings, extended use of video links, jury practicalities and reducing physical attendance at court. Similar assessments are being made across civil, tribunals, OPG and our corporate services. At the same time we are examining longer term plans to strengthen our resilience.

SCTS Chief Executive, Eric McQueen said: “For those regular users of courts and tribunals, you will know how complex these issues are. As we plan to introduce measures for the High Court, Sheriff and JP Courts and Tribunals that will help us maintain the critical elements of   business and support an effective recovery after the outbreak., we will use this website to communicate widely”  
“Meantime, the most important action for all of us attending a court or a tribunal at this time; be they staff, judiciary, court or tribunal users,  is to follow stringently the current medical advice. Stay home if you have developed a continuous cough or fever/ high temperature in the last 7 days and if you are well and attending court follow our guidance and rigorously undertake a hand washing and hygiene regime.

Please check regularly for updates on this website.


Guidance on Coming to a Court or Tribunal During Coronavirus

The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) conducts business daily from over 40 locations across the country bringing together a wide range of people.

We recognise that the outbreak of COVID-19 will be raising concerns for individuals who are attending our courts, tribunals or Office of the Public Guardian buildings.

 In line with current Coronavirus medical advice if you are healthy and not displaying coronavirus symptoms we expect jurors and other service users to continue attending for business as usual.

However, do not attend a court or tribunal if: You have received medical advice to self-isolate or if you have developed a cough or fever in the last 7 days and are required to self-isolate. See NHS Inform Advice

In these circumstances you should contact the relevant court, tribunal or OPG office to notify them as soon as reasonably practicable.

Contact details for our offices / buildings can be found on the right hand side of this page.

Our priority for the duration of the outbreak is supporting the public health response – protecting staff, courts and tribunals users. Our response to the outbreak reflects current Government and NHS guidance on what we, as an organisation, and you, the public and other court users, should be doing to minimise and contain the virus’ spread.

Anyone coming to court should observe the stringent guidance on regular hand washing with soap and hot water for 20 seconds.

On the right hand side of this page are links to health and advice resources.
As the situation develops our approach will respond to Government and the NHS guidance – as directed by the Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, and updates will be provided on this webpage.

The courts, tribunals and administrative offices of the SCTS remain open for business including:

attending for jury service;
attending as a witness or accused;
attending as a party to a case at which you are ordained to appear;
attending in a professional capacity for a hearing or related function; payment of fees, fines, lodging of documents and general enquiries;
and attending to support friends, family members or out of public interest.



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