Inverness Justice Centre opens

Scotland’s first purpose-built justice centre in Inverness opens today.

Published 31 March 2020

COVID-19: New court arrangements in place

All Sheriff Court business has been consolidated into 10 courts across Scotland.

Published 25 March 2020

COVID-19: Important changes to criminal court business in Scotland

Owing to the current emergency, the Lord President and Lord Advocate have agreed to a programme of changes to criminal court business, which together with changes to civil court business, tribunal hearings and the work of the Office of the Public Guardian aim to provide a sustainable response during the outbreak.

Published 19 March 2020

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.

Published 17 March 2020

Increased reporting of sexual offending fuels High Court caseload

The volume of High Court indictments registered in recent quarters continues to be above 200 per quarter, a trend expected to continue due to increased reporting of sexual offending.

Published 12 March 2020

Guidance issued on court use during Coronavirus outbreak

Jurors and others should continue to attend Scottish courts as usual during the Coronavirus outbreak if they are not displaying symptoms, the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) has said.

Published 9 March 2020

Fines collection rates rise as offenders forced to pay up

The value of fines and penalties collected in the last three years has risen in all categories, reflecting consistently strong collection rates, the new Quarterly Fines Report from the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service reveals.

Published 27 February 2020

New sensory hearing facilities to support children and young people opens

New hearing facilities for the additional support needs jurisdiction within the Health and Education Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland in Glasgow were formally opened yesterday by May Dunsmuir, Chamber President of the Health and Education Chamber and the Minister for Children and Young People, Maree Todd.

Published 26 February 2020

Summary criminal case management pilots begin

A new initiative gets underway today in three sheriff courts, Dundee, Hamilton and Paisley, piloting a new approach to summary criminal cases.

Published 6 January 2020

Court user satisfaction remains at record level

Users of services provided by the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) staff are extremely satisfied – with 92 per cent of people who took part in a survey declaring their overall satisfaction.

Published 6 January 2020

Peterhead Sheriff and Justice of the Peace Court's new roof and cladding completed

The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) has completed the work to renew roof finishes and replace cladding panels on the extension at Peterhead Sheriff and Justice of the Peace Court.

Published 2 December 2019

New measures to help widen participation in jury service

The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) is introducing new services to make it easier for people who are hard of hearing or have a visual impairment to serve as jurors.

Published 28 November 2019

Scotland's first specialised evidence and hearings suite opens in Glasgow

New specialised evidence facilities in Glasgow have been formally opened.

Published 18 November 2019

New initiative promises stronger case management in summary courts

A new initiative will see three sheriff courts, Dundee, Hamilton and Paisley, piloting a new approach to test the benefits of stronger judicial case management and earlier engagement with the Crown and defence agents in summary cases.

Published 7 November 2019

Information on upcoming judicial review cases now published online

Details of non-immigration judicial review cases proceeding to a substantive hearing in the Court of Session are now being published online.

Published 24 October 2019