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High Court trials to resume with distanced jurors

David Cowan

BBC Scotland

High Court in Edinburgh
PA Media

The first High Court trial in Scotland since lockdown will get under way in Edinburgh on Monday.

Digital technology has been installed to allow the jury to watch the case from a different room within the court building on the Royal Mile.

If successful, it could lead to juries operating from remote locations such as conference centres or even cinemas.

The proposals were drafted by a working group which includes representatives from across the justice sector.

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Virtual summary trials 'should be extended'

Aberdeen Sheriff Court
Crown Copyright

The use of virtual courts for summary criminal cases has been recommended for extension, after pilots in Aberdeen and Inverness were hailed a success.

Derek Pyle, Sheriff Principal for Grampian, Highland and Islands, said the aim should be that virtual trials "become the default method of judicial determination in summary crime”.

He is working with the Crown and defence agents to extend the use of virtual trials, while examining the full extent to which virtual trials can be used while coronavirus is still prevalent, and in the future.

His report recommends that virtual trials should be rolled out across the country in the autumn.