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Scottish Land Court

Covid-19 updated information

Dear Court Users,

As we enter the second half of 2021 the Covid situation is undoubtedly much more favourable than it was when this guidance was last updated, earlier in the year. However, despite the welcome relaxations of rules we are presently enjoying, with the promise of more to come, the advice from the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service continues to favour Webex over in-person hearings. Exceptions to this, are, of course, permitted and we remain conscious of the need, in some of our cases, to carry out on-site inspections of the contentious land and, more generally, of the need to hear cases locally for other reasons, such as their local significance.

Current practice is, therefore, that the appropriate format and forum for cases are decided on a case-by-case basis and in conjunction with the parties involved or their lawyers, with Webex regarded as the default position. There is also a “blended” option available in the sense that the evidence in a case can be heard on Webex and the Court can then carry out an inspection separately, gatherings of people out of doors being less risky than inside.

Administratively, we continue to operate a blend of home-working and working in George House, where the office of the court is staffed daily. Mail received in the post is being processed but it continues to be the case that parties should also, if possible, send in applications and pleadings in digital, as well as hard copy, form.

Lord Minginish
28 June 2021