Public access to virtual court hearings

You are applying to access a court hearing which is being held in a virtual courtroom. 

Please read the following carefully - it is important that you read and understand.

Be aware that if these rules are breached, public access to the hearing may be withdrawn on instruction of the presiding judge.

That includes not sharing the access details of the hearings - access is provided to you, the individual, and in accessing the case via this link, you are agreeing to the conditions set out. 

You will be able to listen to proceedings but will not see the participants.

Although you are not physically attending court, if you dial in to these proceedings you are subject to the same rules as if you are present in Court. Anyone failing to obey or respect the authority of the Court may be subject to Contempt of Court proceedings. In particular, those accessing a hearing:

  • must not record or store the proceedings
  • must not broadcast the proceedings.

In relation to social media, members of the public must not, during the course of a virtual hearing, comment on the proceedings using any social media platform in relation to: jury trials; cases involving sexual offences; or cases where the participants cannot legally be identified.

Any social media comment in relation to the proceedings of other types of court case during the course of a hearing:

  • must be fair and accurate
  • must not be in Contempt of Court
  • must not be prejudicial to the court case.

The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service retain the copyright of live audio recordings of Court proceedings. Although you are welcome to listen to the proceedings, the re-use, capture, re-editing or redistribution of the material in any form is not permitted. You should be aware that any such use could attract liability for breach of copyright or defamation, in addition to the possibility of contempt of court proceedings.

In a physical court, access is provided on a first come first served basis. Although a significantly larger number of people can be accommodated through remote access, the hearing will close if audio capacity is reached.

Each individual accessing the case should be personally aware of the legal restrictions of use and for this reason the meeting code should not be shared. 

Having read this information carefully and agreeing to the conditions, please follow the instructions below to dial-in to the hearing.

(United Kingdom Toll) Dial +44-20-7660-8149.

Case Access code: Enter the code detailed in the list below. No listed codes means no scheduled virtual hearing.

When prompted press # to join.

Please note this call may incur a cost and you should check with your phone provider.

Once connected the line will remain silent until the hearing begins and then the sound will activate automatically. As participant arrangements require to be put in place, the hearing may not start immediately and your patience is appreciated. 

Supreme Courts Hearing Access

High Court of Justiciary

Access code: 

Court of Session

Dial (United Kingdom Toll) +44-20-7660-8149
Access code

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