National Records of Scotland

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Supreme Courts

Supreme Courts

The supreme courts in Scotland are divided into the Court of Session (civil) and the High Court of Justiciary (criminal). The National Records of Scotland (NRS) accepts records from both of these institutions according to agreed schedules.

Due to Covid-19, remote working arrangements for CLR staff are in place. Please note that CLR staff are unable to process scheduled transmissions until further notice.
For full information, please refer to our Covid-19 Information pages.

Court of Session

The NRS accepts annual transmissions of Court of Session processes after they are 5 years old. We receive Court of Session transmission in February and Court of Session staff must prepare the material in accordance with the agreed schedule. Pease note that the current schedule is under review. All enquiries should be made to the assigned contact found under Contacting CLR.

High Court of Justiciary

The NRS accepts annual transmissions of High Court records after they are 10 years old. We receive High Court transmissions in April, which is the start of each financial year. Court staff must prepare the material in accordance with the agreed schedule. Please note this schedule is currently under review. All enquiries should be made to the assigned contact found under Contacting CLR.