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Attending court from 19 April 2021

Scotland’s courts remain open during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown as the delivery of justice is identified as essential business. From 19 April there will be a cautious and incremental easing of the current restrictions in criminal courts, in line with public health advice.



  • Witnesses cited to attend the Sheriff Court for a summary (case without jury) criminal trial before Monday 19 April, should not attend unless they are contacted directly by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) or the solicitor acting for the accused.
  • Witnesses cited to attend the Sheriff Court for a summary criminal trial after Monday the 19 April should attend as per their citation unless otherwise directed by COPFS or the solicitor acting for the accused.
  • Witnesses cited to appear for a High Court or Sheriff Court Solemn trial (cases with a jury) should continue to do so. You will know if you are cited in a jury case as the witness citation will refer to the case as HMA v the person’s name eg HMA v John Smith.

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.