SCTS details level 2 court changes

SCTS details level 2 court changes

Following the Scottish government’s announcement that most of Scotland will move to Covid Protection “level 2” on 17 May, the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service has reviewed the operating arrangements in place across the courts.

From 17 May cases will be allocated within the maximum safe capacity for each courtroom in the Sheriff Court.

Justice of the Peace Courts will recommence operation on 7 June 2021 as planned and like summary trials, Justice of the Peace trials will be allocated ensuring the loadings do not exceed the maximum safe capacity for each courtroom.

Civil hearings will continue to be conducted remotely, other than in exceptional circumstances where the physical presence of witnesses will be permitted.

Witnesses cited to attend the Sheriff Court for a summary criminal trial should attend as per their citation unless otherwise directed by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) or the solicitor acting for the accused.

Jurors and witnesses cited to appear for a High Court or Sheriff Court solemn trial should continue to do so. Remote Jury Centres have been specifically designed to provide a safe environment for jurors during the pandemic – and support the administration of justice in relation to the most serious criminal cases.

Face coverings must be worn at all times whilst moving around SCTS buildings, unless the person has an exemption. Similarly face coverings should be worn while in courtrooms as set out in the guidance – full face covering guidance in court is available here.

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