After the verdict: victims and witnesses
What happens after a verdict at court, including information on sentencing, appeals and the Victim Notification Scheme.
Appeal a sentence or conviction
How to appeal a sentence or conviction if you're found guilty of a crime at court.
Apply to become a Justice of the Peace
Find out what a Justice of the Peace does and how you can apply to become one.
Apply to reduce your driving disqualification period
How to apply to court to reduce your driving ban. Includes who can apply and how much it costs.
Animal disqualification orders
A court can ban you from owning or keeping animals, dealing in animals, or transporting animals.
Antisocial Behaviour Orders (ASBO)
Find out why you can be given an ASBO, and what happens if you break it.
Being a witness at court
Support and information for witnesses of criminal, civil and Children’s Hearing court cases.
Being charged with a crime
What happens if the police charge you with a crime. Includes being released on an undertaking or kept in police custody until your first court hearing.
Booklets for witnesses at court
Including booklets for adults, children and young people at criminal, civil and Children's Hearing court cases.
Community Payback Order (CPO)
Find out more about what a Community Payback Order (CPO) is and what it means if you're given a CPO.
What happens if you're given a community sentence or community service. Find out about Community Payback and the rules of your community sentence.
Complain about a judge, sheriff or justice of the peace
How to complain about the behaviour of a judge, sheriff or justice of the peace.
Complain about the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service
How to complain to the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service if you’re unhappy with their service.
Includes information on paying court fees and help with fees if you're on a low income or getting benefits.
The different types of criminal court – Sheriff Court, High Court, Sheriff Appeal Court and Justice of the Peace Court.
Drug Treatment and Testing Order (DTTO)
Find out more about what a Drugs Treatment and Testing Order (DTTO) is and what you need to do if you're given a DTTO.
Extra help to be a witness
Includes where to get support and advice if you're worried about giving evidence, and information about special measures for vulnerable witnesses.
Find a court
Find contact details and information about courts in Scotland. Includes finding court cases and court judgements.
Football Banning Orders
A court can ban you from attending all football matches in Scotland, the rest of the UK and abroad for up to 10 years.
Giving evidence at court
What happens when you give evidence at court, including using special measures for vulnerable witnesses.
Help if you're a young witness in court
If you need to go to court and you’re not sure what will happen, you can get support to help you feel ok about talking at court.
How sentences are worked out
What a judge considers when deciding a sentence – includes what the law says and sentencing factors.
If you're the carer of a witness
Information for carers of witnesses with learning disabilities.
What to do if you're asked to do jury service. Includes applying for exemption or excusal and claiming expenses.
Make a victim statement
Make a written statement that tells a court how a crime affected you.
Miscarriage of justice: claim compensation
How to apply for compensation for a miscarriage of justice. Includes the Statutory Scheme and the Ex Gratia Scheme.
Pay a court fine
Includes how to pay a court fine, what could happen if you don't pay a fine and what to do if you can't pay it.
Raise or defend an action in court
Information on how to raise or defend an action in court. Includes simple procedure, summary cause and court costs.
Restriction of Liberty Order (RLO)
Find out more about what a Restriction of Liberty Order (RLO) is, and what you'll need to do if you're given an RLO.
Serve or enforce a court order
Information on how to serve or enforce a court order.
Structured Deferred Sentence (SDS)
Find out what a Structured Deferred Sentence (SDS) is and what you'll need to do if you've been given an SDS.
Types of court case
Information for witnesses on the different types of court case you may be asked to give evidence at.
Types of prison sentences
The range of prison sentences a court can give – including determinate sentences, life sentences and Orders for Lifelong Restriction.
Understanding civil justice
Issues like debt, housing disputes, bankruptcy, divorce, and parental rights are dealt with in the civil justice system.
Understanding criminal justice
Information for victims and witnesses on what happens at each stage of the criminal justice system.
Witness expenses for going to court
A guide for witnesses on claiming expenses for travelling to court, meals and loss of earnings.
What happens at a Children's Hearing court case
What happens when a Children's Hearing is sent to court – includes people in the courtroom, witnesses and what the sheriff can decide.
What happens at a civil court case
A guide for witnesses on court processes at civil court cases.
What happens at a criminal court case
A guide for victims and witnesses on what happens if a criminal case goes to court.