COVID-19

Information that we need to share with you about how we are working during Coronavirus and other resources that might be helpful to you...

Update on Court Business as at 14 May 2020

14th May 2020

Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) have released an Update on Court Business to the Law Society of Scotland, which can be found here. Read more

Update on Court Business as at 11 May 2020

12th May 2020

An update to Court of Session practice has been released today by Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) and can be found here.  

The  Guidance has effect from 11 May 2020 and will cease to have effect from 1 June 2020 unless extended. Read more

Coronavirus and Fertility Treatment- Update on General Directions from HFEA

2nd May 2020

The latest Guidance from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) on COVID-19 and Fertility treatment was published yesterday and can be found, with FAQs, here. Read more

Update on Court Business as at 1st May 2020

1st May 2020

The main development this week has been Guidance issued in respect of Civil Actions in the Sheriff Court, which comes into effect today and can be found here.  

The Guidance makes clear that 'this is not a return to business as usual'. Read more

Update on Court Business as at 24th April 2020

24th April 2020

Following the introduction of remote teleconference hearings in the Court of Session this past week, Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) have announced that, 'Along with Sheriffs Principal and the Law Society of Scotland, we have also been assessing what civil business in the sheriff courts, beyond the urgent and... Read more

Update on Court Business as at 17th April 2020

19th April 2020

The Court of Session has issued new Guidance for Outer House, Court of Session Family and Petition cases effective from 21st April 2020 until 10th May 2020 (unless extended).  

Most procedural hearings will now proceed as scheduled. The preferred approach to conducting the hearings will be by teleconference. Read more

Update on Court Business as at 14th April 2020

14th April 2020

Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service have released an update on the workings of the Court of Session and Sheriff Courts during the COVID-19 pandemic today (14th April 2020). It can be found here. The summary for most family law business, is cut and pasted below. Read more

Update on Court business as at 7th April 2020

7th April 2020

Updated Guidance has been issued by Lord Justice MacDonald in England and Wales on 'The Remote Access Family Court' and can be found here. This only applies to proceedings in England and Wales. Read more

Orders and Guidance for the Sheriff Courts during Coronavirus

3rd April 2020

The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service have pulled together the Orders and Guidance relating to the operation of the Sheriff Courts during the Coronavirus pandemic. You can find all of the Orders and Guidance issued by Sheriffs Principals for each Sheriffdom here.  

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NOTICE on electronic transmission and service of documents

2nd April 2020

If you need to serve documents on us during the COVID-19 pandemic, you can only do so electronically and in accordance with this notice, the text of which is reproduced below too:

For the purposes of Schedule 4, Part 1 of the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 SKO will accept receipt of... Read more

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