Law Society calls on SCTS to reconsider refusal of paper-based forms

The Civil Justice Committee of the Law Society of Scotland has called on the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) to urgently review a decision to refuse paper-based simple procedure actions.

Published 26 June 2020

Volume of trials scheduled rises by 14 per cent

The volume of trials scheduled in Scotland has risen by 14 per cent in a year.

Published 5 June 2020

Scottish Courts and Tribunals to re-open buildings this week

Arrangements are being put in place to reopen court and tribunal buildings next week as part of phase 1 of the Scottish government's COVID-19 Routemap.

Published 1 June 2020

Collection rate for Scottish government's victim surcharge penalty stands at 66 per cent

The collection rate for Scotland's new victim surcharge penalty stands at 66 per cent, according to figures from the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS).

Published 21 May 2020

Criminal business in sheriff courts extended

Sheriff courts can now proceed to hear and dispose of cases where it is agreed by parties that they can be resolved without the need for a trial.

Published 12 May 2020

Inverness case to be first for virtual Sheriff Court

An Inverness Sheriff Court commercial case will provide the first opportunity to test the use of virtual court hearings in Scotland’s sheriff courts. 

Published 11 May 2020

Dr Sophie Flemig appointed to SCTS Board

Dr Sophie Flemig has been appointed to the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service Board.

Published 4 May 2020

First steps made to restore Sheriff Court civil business

The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) has provided an update on its work to restore Sheriff Court civil business.

Published 24 April 2020

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