JUSTICE has been interrupted by the coronavirus outbreak with jury trials postponed in a bid to stop the disease spreading.

The decision will affect cases at Dunfermline Sheriff Court with the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) making the announcement “to protect the health of all court users”.

Trials that are under way will be concluded but no new juries will be empanelled and people who are supposed to start jury service after today (Tuesday) will be told not to attend.

Trials may be postponed until the autumn and, in a statement, the SCTS said: “Based on the government’s response to coronavirus we are continually reviewing the operation of the courts and tribunals, to ensure that essential services are maintained as far as possible and that we take appropriate measures to protect the health of all court users.

“As a result from today, March 17, no new criminal jury trials will be commenced or new juries empanelled until further notice. This will be kept under review.

“Where jury trials have already commenced, these will run to conclusion of the trial, if practical to do so.

“For jurors cited for trials after today, information will be available on jury telephone lines advising them not to attend.

“It is likely that further measures will be announced in the coming days.”