The Scottish Civil Justice Council (SCJC) has approved new rules which will allow the use of Civil Online Procedure claim forms.
Published 25 September 2020
The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) has announced that its new Application Programming Interface (API) for the Civil Online service is ready for a wider rollout.
Published 16 September 2020
Lawyers in Aberdeen have called for temporary courtrooms to be established to help tackle the increasing backlog of cases caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, as sheriff and jury trials have still not resumed.
Published 15 September 2020
Plans to conduct High Court trials using remote jury centres are now underway and the first trials are expected to start at the end of September.
Published 10 September 2020
Outstanding Sheriff Court summary trials have increased by 28 per to 17,818, the latest figures from the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) show.
Published 4 September 2020
The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service is asking all users to wear a face covering in public and communal areas of its buildings from 31 August.
Published 25 August 2020
Following a successful inaugural virtual court, the Bail Appeal Court will now convene daily with the presiding appeal sheriff, clerk of court, prosecutor and defence counsel or solicitors all participating remotely.
Published 18 August 2020
Juries in High Court trials in Scotland will convene in cinemas to hear cases remotely in the autumn.
Published 14 August 2020
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
The volume of trials scheduled in Scotland has risen by 14 per cent in a year.
Published 5 June 2020
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
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
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
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 has been appointed to the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service Board.
Published 4 May 2020