SCTS



More remote jury centres power up during latest lockdown

Following last week’s announcement that during the latest lockdown the criminal courts will focus on the most serious cases, seven sheriff courts are now running jury trials linked to remote jury centres.

Published 20 January 2021

High Court trials in December 2020 up over previous years

There were more High Court evidence led trials in December 2020 than during the same period in the preceding two years amid severe delays caused by the pandemic, new figures from the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) show.

Published 20 January 2021

Covid-19: Majority of summary trials to be adjourned

As a result of the increasing spread of the new variant of Covid-19 across Scotland, the Lord President, Lord Carloway has announced that during the lockdown period the criminal courts will focus on the most serious trials and the majority of summary trials in the Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court will be adjourned. 

Published 11 January 2021

Law Society raises court concerns with SCTS

The Law Society of Scotland has raised issues over solicitors' ability to perform their jobs properly in courts with the courts service.

Published 7 January 2021

Courts and tribunals to operate during lockdown

The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) has confirmed that courts and tribunals will continue to operate business as currently scheduled during the latest lockdown.

Published 5 January 2021

Arbroath’s former court building now community owned

The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) has completed the transfer of ownership of the former Arbroath Sheriff Court building. 

Published 22 December 2020

New court cases 69 per cent of average monthly pre-Covid level

The overall level of new cases registered is 69 per cent of the average monthly pre-Covid level, the latest Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) data show.

Published 16 December 2020

Thirty-six evidence-led High Court trials in latest quarter

There were 36 evidence led trials in the High Court in the latest quarter and no adjournments due to lack of court time, new figures show.

Published 4 December 2020

Electronic submission of simple procedure cases mandatory from tomorrow

New rules will come into force tomorrow which will make electronic submission of simple procedure cases mandatory.

Published 30 November 2020

Additional remote jury centres to open in cinemas

Further plans to recommence Sheriff Court jury trials across Scotland have been announced with arrangements for remote jury centres to be created in ODEON cinema complexes in Ayr, East Kilbride, Dundee and Dunfermline.

Published 25 November 2020

Sheriff civil courts go virtual

Scotland’s sheriff civil courts are now able to conduct proofs, debates, evidential and fatal accident inquiry (FAI) hearings virtually using the WebEx video platform.

Published 24 November 2020

Fines collection holds steady during pandemic

The latest quarterly fines report has been published by the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service and shows that fines collection rates have held strong in spite of the effects of the coronavirus crisis.

Published 19 November 2020

New cases registered now 78 per cent of pre-Covid monthly average

New cases registered have risen to 78 per cent of the average monthly pre-Covid level, new figures from the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service show.

Published 18 November 2020

Highly commended award for SCTS procurement team

The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) procurement team has been highly commended in the ‘Procurement Team of the Year’ category award at this year’s GO Awards Scotland.

Published 13 November 2020