Return of peripatetic high court?

A QC has suggested a roving High Court would be a solution to dealing with the backlog of criminal cases.

Published 3 June 2020

Lady Dorrian: High Court jury trials to restart in July

High Court jury trials are to restart in July, the Lord Justice Clerk, Lady Dorrian has announced.

Published 26 May 2020

'Spectre' of non-jury trials raised once again

The head of the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service has told Holyrood's Justice Committee that judge-only trials were “not completely off the table”.

Published 20 May 2020

Solicitor advocates oppose abolition of juries in solemn trials

The Society of Solicitor Advocates has expressed opposition to the suggestion by the Scottish government that juries be abolished in solemn trials for the duration of the coronavirus emergency.

Published 20 April 2020

Judge-only trials still under active consideration by Scottish government

Despite a furious backlash from the legal profession, the Scottish government is still actively considering the suspension of jury trials.

Published 15 April 2020

Scottish government attempts sweeping justice changes during emergency

The Scottish government is attempting to give ministers the power to allow solemn trials to be conducted without juries and to "dismantle in one fell swoop more than 600 years of legal principle" in a move described as a "knee-jerk reaction" at best and something "far more sinister" at worst.

Published 31 March 2020