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Common questions

For information about how coronavirus is affecting the way we usually work, please see Coronavirus (COVID-19) information.

Find information on some of our most asked about topics below.

Case progress and updates

You can search for court decisions and view court rolls (schedules) on the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service website.

If you are the victim of a crime you can contact our Victim Information and Advice service to request information about your case.

Do I have to attend court?

See our Attending court guides, or view the latest coronavirus information.

What happens at court?

See our Attending court guides.

Witness involvement

See Attending court: Guide for witnesses.

Dropping charges

You cannot drop charges once the police have reported a crime to us. See the Scottish Government guide or learn more about our role in the justice process.

Getting property returned

See our After the verdict guides.

Bail conditions

See After the verdict: Guide for accused.


Pay for fines at the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service website.