Inverness Justice Centre
Our Inverness Justice Centre – Scotland’s first purpose-built justice centre – has now opened in Inverness.
The opening has allowed the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) to vacate Inverness Castle but also to have a base from which to prioritise critical court business during the coronavirus outbreak – as it operates one of 10 key court hubs during these unprecedented times.
The justice centre, which began construction near Burnett Road police station in 2017, brings together integrated justice services under one roof to support victims, witnesses, litigants and other users, with specially designed facilities for children and vulnerable witnesses.
Eric McQueen, chief executive of the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service, said:
“This is a landmark building which will offer Inverness the very best of facilities.
“There is the unique opportunity for all the organisations involved to have an integrated approach to community justice with the objective of reducing re-offending.”
Sheriff Principal of Grampian, Highland and Islands, Derek Pyle, said:
“This is a milestone for Inverness and gives us so many opportunities.
“It will offer a new, collaborative approach, bringing together under one roof the courts and tribunals, prosecution, social work, NHS, and other third sector organisations.”