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  • New Court of Session Rule Dec 04, 2021

    The Act of Sederunt (Summary Applications, Statutory Applications and Appeals etc. Rules 1999 and Sheriff Appeal Court Rules Amendment) (Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Act 2019) 2021 was made by the Court of Session on Thursday 02 December 2021 and laid before the Scottish Parliament on Friday 03 December 2021. It will come into force on Friday 17 December 2021. Read more ...
  • SCTS closed on Monday 6 December Dec 03, 2021

    All Scottish Courts and Tribunals will be closed on Monday 6 December for the St Andrew’s Day bank holiday. Read more ...
  • Latest criminal court figures show strong progress Dec 02, 2021

    The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service quarterly statistical bulletin is published today providing quarterly Official Statistics on criminal case activity in Scotland. Read more ...

SCTS has been rolling out Webex capability since April and it is now widely used in the Court of Session, Sheriff Appeal Court, Personal Injury Court, Sheriff civil courts proofs, debates, evidential and Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) hearings, and for tribunal hearings, including the Upper Tribunal. 

Read information on accessing virtual hearings and for those participating in, or preparing for, virtual courts or remote attendance in hearings.

Currently, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, jurors participate in court proceedings from separate remote jury centre, which ensures the jury can all physically distance while hearing evidence and taking part in deliberations about the case. Jurors will view the trial proceedings live on screen with most other trial participants attending the courtroom. 

Find out more about participating in a jury trial in Scotland during coronavirus.

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