There are four criminal courts in Scotland, the High Court, Sheriff Court, the Sheriff Appeal Court and the Justice of the Peace Court.
See Attending a Criminal Court - a Brief Guide.
The Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 is the main piece of legislation that covers criminal procedure in Scotland, although depending on the type of case, there are other acts that may apply. The Criminal Procedure Rules 1996 are the criminal court rules that apply. The forms used in criminal procedure are included in the Criminal Procedure Rules 1996. Access the criminal procedure forms.
I am a victim of crime, where can I get more information?
Information for victims can be found in the Victims section of the website.
I am a witness in a case, where can I get more information?
Information for witnesses can be found in the Witnesses section of the website.
How do I pay my fine?
Information on paying your fine can be found in the Fines section of the website.
How do I appeal?
We would recommend getting legal advice if you want to appeal against a conviction, sentence or both. The Law Society of Scotland can provide contact details for solicitors in your area.
The appeal procedure depends on whether the case was one dealt with under solemn or summary proceedings. Chapter 15 of the rules covers appeals from solemn proceedings and Chapters 19, 19D and 19E cover appeals from summary proceedings. If you do not know whether your case was a solemn or summary case, you can find this out from your solicitor, or by contacting the court that dealt with your case.
What is the effect of disqualification from driving after an appeal?
See separate guidance
How do I reapply for my licence if I have been disqualified from driving?
See frequently asked questions page.
Can I apply to the court for early removal of my disqualification from driving?
See frequently asked questions page
Where can I get legal advice?
Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service staff are not legally qualified and therefore cannot provide you with any legal advice. If you do need legal advice, the Law Society of Scotland can provide contact details for solicitors in your area.
How do I find out what happened in a case?
The court that dealt with the case may be able to provide you with some information, however it depends on the individual case.
If the court cannot provide you with any information, the Crown or Procurator Fiscal may be able to help you.