Deborah Anne Lovell has been appointed as a new part-time legal member of the Scottish Land Court. Ms Lovell has also been appointed by the Scottish ministers as a part-time legal member of the Lands Tribunal for Scotland.
Following the pausing of the post-pandemic reintroduction of solemn jury trials to the sheriff courts at Lerwick, Kirkwall, Portree, Stornoway, Lochmaddy and Wick, assurances have been given by GEOAmey, the prisoner escort contractors, that they will be able to properly resource the courts from spri
A pilot scheme introduced at three Scottish courts to improve the processing of summary crime has led to one third fewer police witnesses being cited in domestic abuse cases in its first 12 months. An interim report on the Summary Case Management pilot published today, reveals that key achievements
The vast majority of court users are satisfied with their experience, according to a new survey. The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service's (SCTS) Court User Satisfaction Survey measures customer satisfaction in the Supreme Courts, Sheriff and Justice of the Peace Courts and Scottish Land Court.
Three of six courtrooms in Airdrie Sheriff Court remain out of commission out of concerns about reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC). Although the presence of RAAC in the building has been known for some time, court proceedings were disrupted earlier this week after remedial works raised mo
A new 'justice hub' is set to open in Dundee next year. The hub, which will provide a trauma-informed evidence by commission (EBC) suite and live link evidence facilities, will serve both the High Court and Sheriff Courts across Tayside, Central and Fife.
Problems with Scotland’s prison transport service are continuing to have a “significant impact” on the legal system, the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) has warned. Prisoner transport firm GEOAmey, the company contracted to transport prisoners and young people in custo
The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) has been accused of violating a Scottish government agreement that prohibits the use of zero-hours contracts, which are often exploitative. In a report viewed by The Herald for 2021/22, 26 staff members at SCTS were found to be on zero-hours contracts
The average time between pleading diet and evidence led trial is 43 weeks for High Court, compared to the pre-Covid level of 22 weeks, new figures have revealed. Data from the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) show the volume of cases being progressed each month in the High Court, Sheriff
Both the Civil Online Portal and Solicitors API will be unavailable to users from 8am on Saturday 19 August. They should be back up and running no later than 7am on Monday 21 August, to allow essential testing to be carried out on the systems.
The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service is now in a position to start engaging with solicitor firms who wish to use the application programme interface (API) service for simple procedure claims. The service allows for bulk submissions of claims and would benefit those that do high volume simple pr
Civil Online users are invited to see the latest changes to caveat service offered by the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS). Users with an SCTS credit account will now be able to do the following:
The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service has launched a survey on protected characteristics in order to ensure that any future development of Civil Online best meets the needs and requirements of users. The survey will be included in all emails generated via Civil Online, as well as placed on strat
The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) launched the new Civil Online portal on Wednesday 31 May, to coincide with the implementation date of the updated Simple Procedure Rules. The portal was built using up-to-date technologies, such as the Microsoft Azure Cloud, which offers new more secu