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Attending court from 12 January 2021

Scotland’s courts remain open during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown as the delivery of justice is identified as essential business, but the focus will be on the most serious and sensitive cases only at this time.

From Tuesday 12 January:

  • Witnesses cited to attend either the Sheriff Court for a summary trial or the Justice of the Peace Court for a summary trial should not attend court unless they are contacted directly by COPFS.
  • Witnesses cited to appear for a High Court or Sheriff Court Solemn trial should attend court.

Any victim or witness who has concerns about travelling is reminded that travel to give evidence at court is permitted as essential business.

Safety measures are in place to protect all court users. You will find the latest hygiene measures, including guidance on wearing facemasks in court, on the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service website.

Please note at this time access to court buildings is limited to only those directly concerned with court proceedings, or as directed by the judiciary.

Find information for different court users on our Coronavirus (COVID-19): information for those due to attend court page.