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Phase II of court restructuring 28/05/2014 Phase II of the court restructuring being carried out by the Scottish Court Service (SCS) is set to begin on 31st May.

Phase II of court restructuring

Phase II of the court restructuring being carried out by the Scottish Court Service (SCS) is set to begin on 31st May.

From that date, court business previously held in Stonehaven, Cupar and Arbroath Sheriff and Justice of the Peace Courts will transfer to Aberdeen, Dundee and Forfar Sheriff and Justice of the Peace Courts respectively.

"Our vision is to have court structures in place that are cost effective, proportionate, accessible and efficient,” said SCS Chief Executive Eric McQueen. "Investing in fewer courts enables us to make these improvements to facilities and technology, which will provide better services for all court users, and in particular victims and witnesses.”

“Where sheriff courts are closing we have installed facilities to allow victims and witnesses to use video technology to give evidence or make contact with the court, where this is allowed by the current legislation,” he said. “Future legislative changes will extend the circumstances where video links are possible in criminal and civil procedures."
 

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