Coronavirus (COVID-19) implications for dispute resolution in Scotland
Coronavirus (COVID-19) implications for dispute resolution in Scotland

The following Dispute Resolution practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) implications for dispute resolution in Scotland
  • Attending court in Scotland during COVID-19
  • Court of Session hearings during COVID-19
  • Court of Session Inner House (CSIH)
  • Court of Session Outer House (CSOH)
  • Sheriff Appeal Court and Sheriff Court hearings during COVID-19
  • Sheriff appeal court (SAC)
  • Contacting the Scottish civil courts during COVID-19
  • Submission of documents in Scottish civil courts during COVID-19
  • Court of Session
  • More...

This Practice Note provides guidance on how the Scottish civil courts are responding to and operating during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, focusing on the requirements for those attending court, disposal of civil proceedings, how to contact the courts and how to submit documents. This Practice Note does not cover criminal business or specific procedure relating to the All Scotland Personal Injury Court.

The situation continues to evolve and this Practice Note is intended as a quick reference guide. Practitioners should monitor the Coronavirus information and updates section of the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) website and check for announcements relevant to the specific courts in which their matters are proceeding.

Further information can also be found on our Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Scotland tracker, which contains an archive of news analysis on the impact of coronavirus on the Scottish legal profession divided into practice areas.

Attending court in Scotland during COVID-19

Under the terms of the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 (C(S)A 2020), physical attendance at court is no longer required.

Although all court buildings are open, current public health advice will determine the court business that can be dealt with at any given stage of the pandemic.

Access to court buildings is restricted to those directly involved in proceedings and to journalists. All court buildings are closed to members of the public unless their attendance is specifically requested by a court official.

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