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Courts set to reopen following easing of coronavirus lockdown

By Gregor White

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Arrangements are being put in place to reopen courts and tribunals buildings next week.

The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) plans to gradually reintroduce a small number of staff and judiciary to buildings currently closed.

The buildings will remain closed to others except those with permanent office locations within these premises.

Business has continued to be conducted at Inverness courts as one of 10 key hubs during the coronavirus crisis but others in Tain, Wick and Elgin have been closed.

SCTS chef executive Eric McQueen said: "Given the changing position on the easing of lockdown measures, our priority is to ensure a safe and managed return of staff and judiciary to our buildings.

"This will be supported by a move to conducting more business online where it is appropriate to do so.

"The last few months have shown our capacity and appetite for change.

"The next will require that same commitment from everyone involved as we test and progress our recovery arrangements."

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