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  • New Initiative to Modernise Summary Courts Nov 07, 2019

    A new initiative following the SCTS Evidence and Procedure Review will see three sheriff courts, Dundee, Hamilton and Paisley, piloting an innovative approach to test the benefits of stronger judicial case management and earlier engagement with the Crown and defence agents in summary cases. Read more ...
  • Solicitor member sought by advisory council Nov 01, 2019

    The Lord President is seeking to appoint a solicitor member to the Advisory Council on Messengers-at-Arms and Sheriff Officers. The closing date is Friday 29 November 2019. Read more ...
  • Clutha FAI Determination published Oct 30, 2019

    The Sheriff Principal’s Determination in the Clutha Fatal Accident Inquiry has been published on the SCTS website and is available to read here. A summary has also been published on the Judiciary of Scotland website Read more ...
You can now submit Simple Procedure cases, pay court fees, submit supporting documents and respond to any claim lodged, all online at any time. 
Visit Civil Online for details
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SCTS has produced an information film which shows the different stages of the jury experience.  Watch the  juror information film Juror film

The SCTS has led significant work over the past few years to develop proposals for improving the experience of Children and Vulnerable Witnesses in criminal trials, and for transforming Summary Criminal Court Procedure.  Details of this work, which started with the Evidence and Procedure Review in 2015, can be found through the following link:
Read the Evidence and Procedure Review

Simple Procedure replaces the current small claims procedure and part of the summary cause procedure.  It is a court process designed to provide a speedy, inexpensive and informal way to resolve disputes where the monetary value does not exceed £5,000.
Read more on Simple Procedure

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