Children's hearing centres across Scotland are gradually reopening. Some face to face hearings are now taking place, with strict social distancing measures in place. Other hearings are only happening virtually. If your hearing is happening face to face, some people might not be there in person and might join by video instead - this is called a 'blended hearing'.  When you receive your invitation from the Reporter, you should receive information about whether you are to attend your hearing in person or virtually.

You can read the latest update from the Scottish Children's Reporter Administration here. They have also published a further update on face to face hearings here.  

No matter how the hearing is going ahead, children and young people have the right to have a trusted adult, an advocacy worker or lawyer attend virtual Hearings to provide support.

Clan Childlaw can help - call 0808 129 0522, email [email protected], or reach us through Facebook messenger to speak to one of our lawyers.  

Here is the latest useful information about Hearings during lockdown: 

For changes to the law on Children's Hearings due to coronavirus: 


This is intended as a guide to the situation in September 2020 and not as an authoritative statement and interpretation of the law. If you have any questions or would like further information please call 0808 129 0522 or email [email protected]