New rules to allow Civil Online procedure claim forms approved

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

SCTS announces new programme for Civil Online service is ready for ‘wider rollout’

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

Aberdeen lawyers call for temporary courtrooms to tackle backlog of cases

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

Trials on the silver screen: Juries to sit in ODEON cinemas this month

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 up 28 per cent

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

Face coverings to be worn in all Scottish courts and tribunal buildings from 31 August

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

Bail Appeal Court moves to virtual proceedings

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

Coming soon – juries to sit in cinemas

Juries in High Court trials in Scotland will convene in cinemas to hear cases remotely in the autumn.

Published 14 August 2020

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