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Coronavirus: Attendance at Scottish CourtsScottish Courts and Coronavirus

For up to date advice on whether you need to attend court, the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service website is providing up-to-date information.   If you need advice on the likely impact of coronavirus on your driving case, conctact us.

Update on 7 September 2020: Coronavirus and attendance at Scottish Courts

For most road traffic cases where there is a plea of Guilty, cases will proceed, but in the absence of the accused.  As a result, you should not attend court.  Where cases are to proceed, during the lock down, a special procedure is available to allow the court to consider a plea of Guilty in your absence.  We can advise on this procedure.  Again, you should not attend court in person.   For professional advice regarding the best course of action in your case, contact a solicitor.

If you have a Trial or Exceptional Hardship Hearing, these will proceed, but under rules to protect the public. For example, you should wear a face mask in court and observe social distancing.   You will have to remove the mask whislt speaking to the court.  You should contact a solicitor for advice.

At Pleading Diets (the first hearing of a case where the court requires you to plead either Guilty or Not Guilty) your should not attend but you do need to respond, either in writing yourself or by instructing a solicitor.   Advice from the courts regarding attendance is here.   If in doubt, get legal advice.

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