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Solicitors contacting Criminal Applications team

9 September 2020

See new phone numbers we've added to make it easier for solicitors with specific queries to contact our Criminal Applications team


Covid-19: Counsel – interim fee claims for preparation in criminal cases

10 July 2020

Update explaining option for counsel to claim fees during Covid-19 for preparation work in criminal cases prior to case conclusion


Covid-19: New streamlined procedures for submitting interim accounts for Solemn Criminal & Children’s proceedings

30 June 2020

System changes have been made and, with effect from 1 July 2020, you will no longer require to upload any account in support of your interim fee claim.


Update on making three-way calls on the Agent to Prison VC link

23 June 2020

SPS can now accommodate three-way video link consultations with a maximum of three participants on each virtual visit.


Covid-19: Court duty plans re-started for five additional custody courts re-opening

1 June 2020

We have updated the court duty plans for five additional custody courts the SCTS announced last week they were re-opening this Wednesday 3 June 2020.

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Covid-19 Equalities Statement

22 May 2020

We would like your feedback if you have been affected by or can otherwise identify any equalities impacts of the changes we have made due to Covid-19.


Covid-19: ABWOR grant now possible without physical calling of case

16 April 2020

Changes for Covid-19 to allow solicitors to grant ABWOR where not attending physical calling of case. Notice of further work on delegated solicitor and half fee


Covid-19: Appointed solicitor delegation of custody appearance

3 April 2020

Update confirming that Covid-19 a "good reason" for delegation of a custody appearance by an appointed solicitor.


Covid-19: Making three-way calls on the Agent to Prison VC link

2 April 2020

Update on three-way video conference calls (solicitor, Advocate & prisoner) on Agent to Prisons video link. Suggested interim solution until SPS investigates.


Covid-19: Custody courts and duty solicitors

26 March 2020

See the Sheriff and JP court arrangements during the Covid-19 pandemic, also includes information on duty swaps and police station duty attendance