Accessibility

To fully experience our web services as intended, we recommend using the latest version of your chosen web browser.

If you are upgrading your web browser we recommend the latest free versions of Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari.

At the Judiciary of Scotland website we believe that the internet should be easy-to-use for everyone, including those with disabilities. With this in mind, we have adopted a policy of accessibility and have designed this website to meet current web standards.

All future development work carried out on this website will adhere to current Web Standards, as defined by the World Wide Web Consortium.

We are doing this to ensure that the pages can be accessed by all users no matter which browser they are using.

While the pages can still be accessed in older browsers, to see them laid-out correctly will require a standards compliant browser.

If you would like to upgrade your browser we recommend the latest free versions of Firefox, Explorer. Mac OS X users may also consider Safari.

If you have any problems viewing this website please contact us.

Web Browser Information/Browser Platform:

If you have any technical problems downloading a browser, please contact either your Internet Service Provider or Computer Manufacturer.

For more details on how to get the best from the Judiciary of Scotland website, please read the information below.

Screen Resolution

The Judiciary of Scotland website is best viewed at a resolution of 1024x768 pixels or greater. In order to change the screen resolution on Windows XP, go to Start > Control Panel > Appearance and Themes > Display and change the screen area to 1024x768 pixels or greater. On a Mac, go to Apple Menu > System Preferences > Display in order to change the screen resolution.

Increasing Text Size

Most Web browsers include functionality to let you increase or decrease the text in a Web page. The following instructions apply to the various browsers.

Internet Explorer - Select menu item view > Text size select an appropriate size

Firefox - Select menu item view > zoom and select zoom in (the shortcut is ctrl+ zoom in and ctrl- zoom out)

Safari - Select menu item view > zoom and select zoom in

Google Chrome - Select menu item view > zoom and select zoom in (shortcut is ctrl+ zoom in and ctrl- zoom out)

Colour

The Judiciary of Scotland website is best viewed at a colour-depth of greater than 256 colours (16bit). In order to change the screen colour settings on Windows, go to Start > Control Panel > Appearance and Themes > Display and change colour depth to greater than 16bit. On a Mac, go to Apple Menu > System Preferences > Display in order to change the colour depth.

Windows PC Requirements

To use the site effectively your PC should operate one of the following web browsers:

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or greater
  • Mozilla Firefox 1.0 or greater

Mac Requirements

To use the site effectively your Mac should operate one of the following web browsers:

  • Safari 2.0 or greater
  • Mozilla Firefox 1.0 or greater

Other Browsers

The Judiciary of Scotland website is optimised for use with the browsers listed above and whilst we do everything we can to make the site accessible to all it may not display correctly in older versions or other browsers.

If you feel we have not answered any of your queries in the above text please do not hesitate to contact us.

‘Compatibility issues’ consultation

Tuesday, 9 January, 2018
Media Releases

The Lord Justice General is to chair a review of the practice and procedure relating to “compatibility issues” arising in criminal proceedings in Scotland and appeals to the UK Supreme Court.

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Judicial responsibility for Scottish Tribunals

Thursday, 1 December, 2016
Media Releases

The training, welfare and conduct of members of the Scottish Housing and Property Tribunals are now the responsibility of Scotland’s most senior judge, under changes to Scotland’s justice system which come into effect today, 1 December 2016.

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Court of Session Term Dates Direction – changes for Legal Year 2017/18

Monday, 26 September, 2016
Media Releases

A new Direction issued by the Lord President, which sets out the sitting days for the Court of Session for the Legal Years 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2019/20, introduces a significant change, of which legal practitioners and others will wish to be aware.

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New Vice President to Sheriff Appeal Court appointed

Thursday, 14 July, 2016
Media Releases

The Lord President has now confirmed the appointment of Sheriff Principal Abercrombie, QC, as the new Vice President to the Sheriff Appeal Court.

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The Hon. Lord Jones

Monday, 14 March, 2016
Media Releases

It is with great sadness that the Lord President has learned of the untimely death of Lord Jones. Although appointed to the bench relatively recently, his contribution was a substantial one, most recently in the Commercial Court. The care which he took over the preparation of his judgments in complex litigation was a particular feature of his work. He will be sadly missed by all of his colleagues in Parliament House and beyond. Our thoughts are with his wife Fiona and family at this time.

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