How Coronavirus will impact your case

PDSO is still here to defend your rights, fight for you and support you through your case

The Coronavirus is having an impact on how we all live and work.

During the current health emergency we have to adapt the way that we do that.

You can still speak to your PDSO solicitor by phone or get updates on your case by email.

We are not able to offer any appointments in our offices right now.

To make sure we have your up to date phone number and email address please contact the office dealing with your case as soon as possible.

Courts

The courts in Scotland are still operating in a restricted way because of the Covid-19 pandemic. This means that, at certain stages of a case, you may not have to attend court. For example:

  • If you have received a CITATION in the post let us know and we will deal with it for you.  You do not have to go to court, at this stage, IF you have told us about it
  • If you were RELEASED ON BAIL BY THE POLICE with a date to attend at court you MUST be at court on that date
  • If you have an INTERMEDIATE DIET do not go to court UNLESS your PDSO solicitor has told you otherwise
  • If you have a FIRST DIET do not go to court UNLESS your PDSO solicitor has told you otherwise
  • If you have a PRELIMINARY HEARING in the High Court do not go to court UNLESS your PDSO solicitor has told you otherwise. In some cases you can participate in the preliminary hearing by video conference by coming to the PDSO office dealing with your case. Your PDSO solicitor will give you advice about this
  • If you have a date for TRIAL you MAY HAVE TO BE THERE AND GO TO COURT. Your PDSO solicitor will tell you whether you have to be there, and if you do, at what time (in some cases you may have to come to our office to participate in your trial by video conference).
  • If you have a DATE FOR COURT WHEN YOU WILL BE SENTENCED you MUST be at court on that date.
  • If you have a COMMUNITY PAYBACK ORDER REVIEW, RESTRICTION OF LIBERTY ORDER REVIEW or a DRUG TREATMENT AND TESTING ORDER REVIEW do not go to court UNLESS your PDSO solicitor has told you otherwise.
  • If you have an APPEAL you do not go to court.
  • If you have an application for BAIL REVIEW do not go to court.

The information above is only a guide. In some circumstances, for certain cases, court hearings will be treated differently.

Your PDSO solicitor will be able to give specific advice relating to the particular circumstances of your case.

So please stay in contact with the PDSO office dealing with your case and if your contact details, or address, changes please let us know.

Contact us

We are still working on your case.

If you have any concerns at all about your case, or need advice about something new, then please get in contact with us, we are here to help.

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