SCTS denies claims it ‘massages’ court statistics

The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) has denied suggestions it may have altered court statistics to make it "appear as if we are getting through the backlog".

Published 23 November 2021

Sheriff solemn cases at 102 per cent of pre-Covid average

Last month's sheriff solemn caseload was 102 per cent of the average pre-Covid level, new figures show.

Published 19 October 2021

Sheriff summary cases at 98 per cent of pre-Covid levels

More than 4,650 sheriff summary cases were concluded last month, almost reaching pre-Covid levels.

Published 22 September 2021

Tribunal conference looks to the future

More than 260 people attended a tribunals conference held virtually yesterday to consider future developments as the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland enters a period of substantial expansion.

Published 8 September 2021

High Court cases at 86 per cent of pre-Covid level

New figures show that 58 High Court cases were concluded in July, which is 86 per cent of the average pre-Covid level.

Published 18 August 2021

High-value alleged fraud in Scotland reaches more than £2.5m in first half of the year

Scotland has recorded 10 high-value fraud cases during the first half of 2021, as logistical challenges for the country’s justice system begin to ease.

Published 4 August 2021

Sheriff solemn cases exceed pre-Covid average

The number of sheriff solemn cases concluded last month exceeded pre-Covid levels, Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) figures show.

Published 21 July 2021

Law Society expresses impatience with slow court re-opening

The Law Society of Scotland has expressed irritation with the pace of court re-openings as Scotland moves to level 0.

Published 14 July 2021

COP26 to take toll on Scotland’s ‘already strained’ justice system

Much of Scotland's "already strained" justice system will grind to a halt later this year because of the demand placed on resources by the COP26 in Glasgow – the biggest and most complex event ever held in Scotland.

Published 6 July 2021

Sheriff solemn cases exceeded pre-Covid level in May

Last month saw the completion of 442 sheriff solemn cases, a figure that is 103 per cent of the average pre-Covid level.

Published 22 June 2021

Justice of the Peace Courts reopen on Monday

Justice of the peace courts across Scotland will reopen for hearings on Monday.

Published 4 June 2021

Latest quarterly crime figures show Sheriff and jury trials back to pre-Covid level

Remote jury centres enabled 197 sheriff solemn evidence led trials to proceed in the latter part of 2020/21, a return to pre-pandemic throughput, new figures show.

Published 3 June 2021

Fines collection rates show rises

Fines collection rates are making consistent progress against the problems presented by the coronavirus crisis, the latest report from the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service shows.

Published 20 May 2021

Completion of Sheriff solemn cases up eight per cent on pre-Covid average

Figures from the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service show that 463 sheriff solemn cases were concluded last month, which is eight per cent higher than the pre-Covid average.

Published 19 May 2021

SCTS details level 2 court changes

Following the Scottish government’s announcement that most of Scotland will move to Covid Protection “level 2” on 17 May, the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service has reviewed the operating arrangements in place across the courts.

Published 14 May 2021