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.

Court of Session

The NRS 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 (PDF 102KB). We receive Court of Session transmission in February and Court staff must prepare the material in accordance with the agreed schedule, ensuring that processes are boxed, using boxes which meet the NRS box specification or else have been approved by NRS Conservation Services Branch. The boxes should be labelled, easily accessible and ready for uplift. 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 NRS guidance on electronic records.

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, ensuring that processes are boxed, preferably to archive standards (using boxes which meet the NRS box specification), labelled, easily accessible and ready for uplift by NRS staff. Appropriate finding aids, preferably in an electronic form, must accompany each transmission.

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