New domestic abuse law training for Scotland’s judiciary

Wednesday, 30 January, 2019

All judges and sheriffs in Scotland will receive specific training on domestic abuse ahead of the introduction of legislation which creates a new offence criminalising physical and psychological abuse of partners or ex-partners.

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New Broadcast Protocol

Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

A new protocol launches today on recording and broadcasting hearings in Scotland’s Supreme Courts; and on tweeting from all courts.

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Judicial Work Shadowing Scheme

Monday, 20 August, 2018

The head of the Scottish judiciary has launched a new Judicial Work Shadowing Scheme, which gives any qualified solicitor, solicitor-advocate or advocate the opportunity to apply to spend up to three days observing the work of a judicial office holder.

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Sheriff Appeal Court to sit in Glasgow

Monday, 30 July, 2018

Scotland’s Sheriff Appeal Court, which normally sits in Edinburgh, will move to Glasgow for two days on Tuesday, 14 and Wednesday, 15 August.

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New Judicial Protocol for cross-border children’s cases

Tuesday, 24 July, 2018

Lord Carloway, head of the Scottish judiciary and Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division in England & Wales, have agreed a new judicial protocol which will provide for the direct exchange of information between judges in intra-UK cross-border cases involving children.

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