SCTS



Sheriff solemn cases exceeded pre-Covid level in May

Last month saw the completion of 442 sheriff solemn cases, a figure that is 103 per cent of the average pre-Covid level.

Published 22 June 2021

Justice of the Peace Courts reopen on Monday

Justice of the peace courts across Scotland will reopen for hearings on Monday.

Published 4 June 2021

Latest quarterly crime figures show Sheriff and jury trials back to pre-Covid level

Remote jury centres enabled 197 sheriff solemn evidence led trials to proceed in the latter part of 2020/21, a return to pre-pandemic throughput, new figures show.

Published 3 June 2021

Fines collection rates show rises

Fines collection rates are making consistent progress against the problems presented by the coronavirus crisis, the latest report from the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service shows.

Published 20 May 2021

Completion of Sheriff solemn cases up eight per cent on pre-Covid average

Figures from the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service show that 463 sheriff solemn cases were concluded last month, which is eight per cent higher than the pre-Covid average.

Published 19 May 2021

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.

Published 14 May 2021

March sees rise in clearance of Sheriff solemn cases

New figures show that 468 sheriff solemn cases were concluded in March – nine per cent higher than the average pre-Covid level.

Published 23 April 2021

Resumption of summary criminal business from 19 April

The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) has confirmed that the scheduled resumption of Sheriff Court summary criminal business will go ahead from Monday 19 April.

Published 13 April 2021

Criminal court recovery update

Last month the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service announced plans to commence a court recovery programme from September 2021, which will include the expansion of remote jury centres and a daily increase of:

Published 6 April 2021

Sheriff solemn cases up to 82 per cent of pre-Covid level

More than 350 sheriff solemn cases were concluded in February, which is 82 per cent of the pre-Covid level.

Published 17 March 2021

Latest quarterly crime figures show rise in cases concluded

The number of cases concluded between September and December last year almost matched the rest of the year combined, new figures from the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) show.

Published 4 March 2021

Fines collection rates hold steady

Fines collection rates have been steady during the pandemic with three-year rates showing percentage rises, according to the latest figures from the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service.

Published 18 February 2021

Petitions at lowest level in nine months

Petitions are at their lowest level in nine months and are five per cent lower than the average monthly pre-Covid level, according to new figures from the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS).

Published 17 February 2021

SCTS: Covid-19 arrangements in court and tribunal buildings

Eric McQueen, chief executive of the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS), has written to bar associations in response to a letter raising concerns about the implementation of Covid-19 protections in court and tribunal buildings. We reproduce his letter in full below.

Published 29 January 2021

More remote jury centres power up during latest lockdown

Following last week’s announcement that during the latest lockdown the criminal courts will focus on the most serious cases, seven sheriff courts are now running jury trials linked to remote jury centres.

Published 20 January 2021