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

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.

You should bring your own face covering if you can. Suitable face coverings can be provided if required.

In line with existing guidance, SCTS also expects all those using its premises to continue to satisfy the 2m physical distancing requirement. The introduction of face coverings is an addition to this safeguard – not a replacement for it.

You will not need to wear a face covering if, under government guidance, you are exempt from doing so in other locations (such as in shops or on public transport).

SCTS strongly advises court and tribunal users to wear face coverings when entering and leaving buildings, while moving from one part of the building to another, or while waiting in communal areas such as reception points, witness rooms or outside a courtroom.

Face coverings can be removed, if desired, in the following locations:

  • Within the courtroom or hearing room (the judge may ask you to remove your face covering while you are participating in the business of the court or tribunal);
  • Staff within SCTS or COPFS offices, defence agents accommodation or in the office spaces for staff of other organisations based in our premises where, robust physical distancing measures are in place.

SCTS chief executive Eric McQueen said: “The SCTS remains committed to protecting the health and safety of all those who need to attend court and tribunal premises.

“In order to reduce the risk of infection spread, we are strongly advising all users and visitors to our buildings, to wear a face covering to protect themselves and others. This will help us minimise the risk for those who are required to attend court or tribunal hearings.

“It is important to note that face coverings do not replace the requirement for physical distancing, and a 2m rule.”

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