Following the publication of the Scottish Courts & Tribunals Service plan 'COVID-19: Respond, Recover and Renew'. Amanda Millar, President of the Law Society of Scotland, said: “The SCTS plan gives us an insight into their planning for the further safe recovery of court business from the restrictions imposed by the pandemic. Given all the disruption we have seen to our courts, this is important. However, while this new plan is interesting, it needs to mark the start of an open dialogue with the legal profession rather than being an end point. Involving those with front-line experience of the courts will make for a more useful and effective forward plan, both for SCTS and their stakeholders.

“We will consider the content of the plan in more detail and will be engaging positively with SCTS to promote and support the principle that changes to the courts work for all who depend on them.”

Roll out of High Court Jury Centres welcomed

The Law Society has welcomed news that jury trials in solemn cases will make use of remote centres to ensure cases can go ahead while preserving physical distancing.

Consulting with legal profession is key

Consulting with the legal profession is key to delivering post-pandemic courts which are effective and fair for all.

Coronavirus update

We are working with partners in the Scottish legal sector and closely monitoring official advice and updates from Scottish Government and NHS to ensure that we are acting in accordance with the latest guidance to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees, members and stakeholders.