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Jury trials in Scotland to resume in July
- May 26, 2020
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High Court jury trials in Scotland are set to resume in July, a senior judge has announced.
Lady Dorrian has been leading a task force on how to restart the courts system amid the coronavirus pandemic.
In order to comply with social distancing rules, a single case could take up to three court rooms.
Lady Dorrian said: "The challenges in conducting 15-person jury trials in a physically distanced environment cannot be underestimated."
The working group concluded that different plans would be needed for separate courts.
It was thought a three-court solution would be used in the High Court in Glasgow, with the jury using the public gallery in the trial courtroom.
In Edinburgh, it is hoped to use two courts for each trial, with the jury viewing the trial remotely from a separate courtroom.
It is likely that further measures will be announced in the coming days.
Please continue to regularly check the SCTS website for updates.