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Prosecutors dial in for criminal hearings

Prosecutors have made ‘virtual’ appearances at Dumfries Sheriff Court this week, helping some criminal cases to proceed as safely as possible during the Covid-19 pandemic.

An audio link to the court and the use of iPads to access case files meant prosecutors were able to work remotely to deal with a wide variety of cases.

On Tuesday (12 May) the court, which also hears cases from Stranraer, dealt with a number of serious matters where the accused appeared remotely from prison and the court was addressed by the prosecutor from home.

Les Brown, Procurator Fiscal for South Strathclyde, said:

“Scotland’s prosecution service is committed to keeping the public safe from harm and maintaining the fair and effective administration of justice within the constraints of health guidance. 

“We are working with justice partners on a system-wide response to the current challenges to ensure the prioritisation of essential casework while maintaining public safety and protecting public health. 

“This was a great example of COPFS working as part of a collective effort to progress serious casework safely and effectively where possible.”