Coronavirus (COVID-19): information for those due to attend court

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues to have an impact on the Scottish criminal justice system.

COPFS is working closely with justice partners and with Scottish Government on measures which will support the fair and effective administration of justice while respecting the public health guidance.

All court buildings are open for criminal trials to take place. The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) continues with safety measures to protect court users.

Information for victims and witnesses

If you have a witness citation you should come to court unless you have been expressly told by us not to do so.

If you have COVID-19, or are self-isolating, please contact our Enquiry Point.

We recognise that the pandemic has caused delays in the criminal justice system and we are doing all that we can to ensure that cases can be heard as soon as possible. We will keep you updated on the progress of your case.

If you have a specific query around your case we can help you. You can contact our Enquiry Point. Witnesses in cases covered by our Victim Information and Advice (VIA) Service should contact the VIA officer assigned to your case.

You can find further information about the support you can get on our Victim support and Witness Support pages.

Information for accused persons

Contact your solicitor with any questions about attending court.

If you are due to attend court and don’t have a solicitor acting for you and are self-isolating or showing any symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), please contact the relevant court. 

Information for persons wishing to pay a Fiscal Fine

Public counters will be open from 25 April 2022. Visit the Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service website for information on how to pay a fine online, in person, by post or by phone.

Information for solicitors

If you are a solicitor who would like to discuss plea resolution, please use the contact details below:

Grampian, Highlands and Islands

Tayside, Central and Fife

North Strathclyde

South Strathclyde, Dumfries and Galloway

Lothian and Borders