Sheriff summary cases at 98 per cent of pre-Covid levels
More than 4,650 sheriff summary cases were concluded last month, almost reaching pre-Covid levels.
The latest figures from the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) also show that during August:
- The overall level of new cases registered is 82 per cent of the average monthly pre-Covid level.
- Petitions, which provide a useful indicator of future solemn business, are 30 per cent higher than the average monthly pre-Covid level.
- 55 High Court evidence led trials commenced, which is 31 per cent higher than the average pre-Covid level.
- 76 High Court cases were concluded, which is 13 per cent higher than the average pre-Covid level.
- 83 sheriff solemn evidence led trials commenced which is 88 per cent of the average pre-Covid level.
- 451 sheriff solemn cases were concluded which is 105 per cent of the average pre-Covid level.
- 459 sheriff summary evidence led trials commenced, which is 79 per cent of the average pre-Covid levels
- 2,797 Justice of the Peace cases were concluded which is 9 per cent higher than the average pre-Covid level.
David Fraser, SCTS executive director court operations, said: “Our court buildings continue to operate in accordance with guidance from Public Health Scotland to safeguard our staff, judiciary and court users.
“Jury trials in the High Court and Sheriff Courts continue to operate at pre-Covid capacity following the successful introduction of remote jury centres.
“Summary throughput at the Sheriff and Justice of the Peace Courts shows a return to pre-Covid levels with 98 per cent and 109 per cent respectively.
“The excellent collaboration across the judiciary, justice organisations, the legal profession and the third sector has helped get court business back on track and this remains crucial in delivering the recovery programme that commenced this month. We will continue to publish these figures on a monthly basis to illustrate the progress we are making and the challenges still being faced.”