COVID-19: Jury trials stopped in Scotland from today
No new criminal jury trials will be commenced in Scotland from today, the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) has announced.
The SCTS said in a statement: “Based on the government’s response to coronavirus we are continually reviewing the operation of the courts and tribunals, to ensure that essential services are maintained as far as possible and that we take appropriate measures to protect the health of all court users.
“As a result from today, 17th March, no new criminal jury trials will be commenced or new juries empanelled until further notice. This will be kept under review.
“Where jury trials have already commenced these will run to conclusion of the trial, if practical to do so.
“For jurors cited for trials after today information will be available on jury telephone lines advising them not to attend.
“It is likely that further measures will be announced in the coming days.”