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Supreme courts

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

Court of Session

The NAS accepts annual transmissions of Court of Session processes after they are 5 years old. For a complete listing of record types, read the provisional Court of Session schedule - Acrobat PDF 102KB, new window. We receive Court of Session transmission in April, which is the start of each financial year. Court staff must prepare the material in accordance with the agreed schedule, ensuring that processes are boxed, using boxes which meet the NAS box specification or else have been approved by NAS Conservation Services Branch. The boxes should be labelled, easily accessible and ready for uplift by NAS staff. Appropriate finding aids, preferably in an electronic form, must accompany each transmission. For records and indexes which are born digital or exclusively held in an electronic form read the NAS guidance on electronic records.

High Court of Justiciary

The NAS 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, ensuring that processes are properly boxed, preferably to archive standards, labelled, easily accessible and ready for uplift by NAS staff. Appropriate finding aids, preferably in an electronic form, must accompany each transmission.

Prior to the transmission of any records to the NAS, the High Court of Justiciary record keeper should complete the relevant online transmission form - Acrobat PDF 23KB, new window describing the quantities, format and appropriate metreage or shelf space of the records being transmitted.

  
 
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