Courts across the north and north-east are facing “significant” delays and increased costs with thousands of people failing to turn up for their cases every year.
Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service
Critics have slammed a controversial decision to close Scottish courts after it emerged just five of the buildings have been sold off in the years since.
Politicians have called for security to be stepped up at Peterhead Sheriff Court after a cache of weapons was seized at the front door.
Fears have been raised over the future of a north-east court after it emerged all jury trials have been shifted to Aberdeen.
Planned business at a north court next week has been cancelled due to a scheduling mix-up with the regular sheriff's holidays.
There has been a change of plan for a new court complex in Inverness after the proposals were taken back to the drawing board.
A drop-in session discussing a transformation of the summary of justice system is to be held in Inverness.
The process for bringing Inverness Castle into public use has been unveiled by its current occupants.
Plans for a new £23million justice centre in Inverness have taken a major step forward.
A Highland MSP has called for specialised domestic abuse courts to be introduced in the north.