Public access - Court of Session Inner House appeals

The Courts are committed to promoting access to virtual court cases whenever possible and appropriate in the current situation. Interested members of the public may now dial-in to listen to substantive Court of Session Inner House appeals.

Several cases heard by remote link last week were the first virtual court hearings in Scotland and involved three judges, the clerk of court, and the counsel representing the parties, all linking to the hearing from separate locations. The media were able to link in and report on the cases.

Following the success of this project, the Court is now able to provide further access to include interested members of the public.

Information on future Inner House cases can be found on the Court of Session rolls, and anyone wishing live audio access to an appeal hearing should contact Judicial Communications. They will be provided with the unique dial-in number for the case they are interested in.

Although not physically attending court, those dialling in are subject to the same rules as if they were present in Court. Anyone failing to obey or respect the authority of the Court may be subject to Contempt of Court proceedings. In particular, those accessing a hearing:

  • must not record or store the proceedings
  • must not broadcast the proceedings
  • must not, during the course of a hearing, comment on the proceedings using live texted based communications (such as Twitter).

The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service retain the copyright of live audio recordings of Court proceedings. Although you are welcome to listen to the proceedings, the re-use, capture, re-editing or redistribution of the material in any form is not permitted. You should be aware that any such use could attract liability for breach of copyright or defamation, in addition to the possibility of contempt of court proceedings. 

In relation to the four cases named on the Court of Session Rolls which were held last week, written judgments, including details of the legal arguments put forward at the hearing, will be posted on the Courts’ website  once available.


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