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Short Update: Possible backlog of 3,000 trials by next March in Scotland

FairTrialsAdmin - May 20, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Delayed or accelerated proceedings

The chief executive of the Scottish Courts and Tribunals announced a possible backlog of 1,800 trials by August, with a potential to rise to 3,000 by next March. Jury trials were suspended in Scotland at the start of the lockdown. It is hoped that some trials will resume in the early summer but social distancing requirements could lead to a significant reduction in the number of hearings. 

Current proposals to resume trials include the use of three courtrooms (one for the case, one for the jury, and one for press and observers), resort to pre-recorded evidence, increasing sentencing powers of sheriffs, smaller juries as well as remote juries. The Scottish Criminal Bar Association has also proposed to bring back retired judges and increase the number of temporary judges to help cope with the backlog.  


Meanwhile, trials are resuming this week in England and Wales after being suspended due to coronavirus restrictions. 

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