Coronavirus (COVID-19)  

COVID-19 Court of Session guidance for court users 21.09.2021
Face coverings in court proceedings - 9 August 2021
Guidance for Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court users - from 9 August 2021
Guidance for SCTS court and tribunal users during Coronavirus 9 August 2021
Guidance for Supreme Court Users 17.03.2021
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
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 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

Thanks for your support in minimising the risks for everyone.


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