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Glasgow Sheriff Court - solemn reforms

For the attention of all criminal practitioners who have business at Glasgow Sheriff Court

I recently attended a meeting with Sheriff Jones about the solemn reforms which are to come into force. Attached is a document prepared by the Court about the transitional arrangements.

For your information, a number of matters were raised which you may wish to note:-

     1. With effect from 31st July, written records must be lodged 2 clear days prior to the first diet, so if the first diet is on a Thursday, the written record should be with the court by the Monday of that week.
     2. Written records should be sent by email to the sheriff clerk at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . One of the purposes of emailing 2 clear days in advance is to enable the court to assign a suitable trial diet. Agents should intimate to the clerk at the time of lodging the written record, a note of any unavailable dates for trial. The clerks in court will not have access to the diary and accordingly the court will be identifying a date for trial in advance of the first diet. It is anticipated that a trial is likely to be fixed approximately 6 weeks after the first diet.
     3. The written record should also be intimated to the crown and to the agents acting for any co-accused.
     4. A trial diet will be assigned, giving an allocated date, with 4 days thereafter. The allocated date will not necessarily be a Monday. This will be a floating diet and every case will call at some point during that floating diet. It will be a matter for the court to call the case, not the Crown. The court number allocated is not necessarily the court within which the trial will proceed. It is envisaged that trial will start sharp at 10am. Motions to adjourn the trial on the day will not be welcome
     5. Responsibility for checking when a trial will begin lies with the defence agent and the crown by checking with the sheriff clerk or checking the email which is circulated each day for business listed to call the following day. Agents will no longer be able to agree with the crown the order of business. If any agent would like to be added to the mailing list for sheriff and jury business, they should contact the sheriff clerk (solemn department).
     6. It is not envisaged by the court that there should be any continued first diets.
     7. The court will welcome s.75A minutes as early as possible so that diets can be properly used. The earlier a s.75A minute is lodged, the better. Agents can email s.75A minutes to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  in the first instance and a signed minute can be lodged in due course. In the event of a s.75A minute being lodged, agents should provide a list of unavailable dates so the these can be taken account of by the clerk in assigning a new diet.
     8. With effect from 4th September, jurors will be cited for Mondays and Wednesdays at 09.30am.
     9. With effect from 24th August, there will be regular meetings between Sheriff Jones, the sheriff clerk and the Crown every Thursday at 12.30pm to discuss the management of business. The detail of cases will not be discussed and this is only to deal with management. Defence agents are welcome to attend those meetings if they wish – the meetings will take place in room G54.

Nicola Ivine
Dean

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