Introduction to PIDMs
From 1 December 2020 there were changes to the way that COPFS works with the defence to process summary cases.
The Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service have published more information on these changes in Practice Note 4 of 2020.
The Practice Note provides for a ‘Pre-intermediate Diet Meeting’ or ‘PIDM’ in all sheriff court summary business in which the accused is ordained or released on bail when intermediate and trial diets are fixed.
Defence agents are expected to submit a request for a PIDM via our new booking system which is accessed below. Please note that when booking the PIDM, the date selected must be the day fixed by the court.
Select the Sheriffdom where your case will call. You will then be able to choose which court you are booking from a drop down menu. You will find support and guidance for using the booking app in the support section below.
Book a PIDM
This guidance is for booking a Pre-Intermediate Diet Meeting for 5 January 2022 onwards.
For information about using the booking system please read guide to using the PIDM booking system.
If you require this information in a different format for accessibility reasons please contact our IT team.
Visit the Defence Agent Service portal to book a Pre-Intermediate Diet Meeting.
Support and guidance
For help using the booking system, please read our Guide to using the PIDM booking system.
The guidance page demonstrates the main PIDM tasks a defence agent will carry out, such as:
- how to log in for the first time
- how to set up multi-factor authentication
- how to fill in the booking form
If you have a query about an existing booking, contact the relevant COPFS office.
For technical support, including login issues, email our service desk: