New Evidence & Hearings Suite

The Lord Justice Clerk, Lady Dorrian, opened a new Evidence and Hearings Suite today in Glasgow.

The new specialised Glasgow Evidence and Hearings Suite provides facilities to let child witnesses pre-record their evidence and to enable vulnerable witnesses to give evidence remotely away from the formality of a court room. The suite also provides hearing rooms for the Additional Support Needs Tribunal. 

Lady Dorrian described the new approach as a quiet revolution in the criminal justice system which would help to transform the experience of children and other vulnerable witnesses.

The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service’s purpose-built suite has been made possible with £2m funding from the Scottish Government. Its design, with input from children and vulnerable witnesses, incorporates child-friendly hearing rooms for the pre-recording of evidence, “live link” rooms for evidence given by TV link to court, waiting rooms, support spaces, and a sensory room to help create a calm and supportive environment. 

Read Lady Dorrian’s speech.