Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Sheriff Court business to resume from 19 April 2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Sheriff Court business to resume from 19 April 2021

The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) has confirmed that summary criminal business in the Sheriff Court is set to resume from 19 April 2021, in line with the easing of coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions. Trial courts are due to return to pre-January lockdown levels of three programmed trials and two back-up cases, with witnesses on standby. Business in the Justice of the Peace Courts is planned to resume on 7 June 2021. In relation to other business types, all criminal jury trials in the High and Sheriff Courts, as well as all new custody cases and summary custody trials in the Sheriff and Justice of the Peace Courts, will continue as planned.

More detailed guidance has been published by the SCTS, which sets out the arrangements that will apply as lockdown eases further:

• Guidance for Supreme Court Users

• Guidance for Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court User

In addition, guidance on using courts and tribunals safely during coronavirus has also been published.

Source: Summary Criminal Business to resume from 19 April

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