This week saw a number of virtual civil courts take place in Scotland's highest civil court, the Court of Session.

So what does that mean for the majority of civil cases which are more commonly seen on our sheriff courts?

There has been an alarming disparity in how the different sheriffdoms are dealing with matters with some sheriffs continuing with hearings by conference call and at the other end of the scale no phones being answered at all.

The argument is that in this modern age a lot of business ca be conducted without appearance in person (in some cases you still will want to see the "whites of their eyes" in court).

While always recognising that social distancing needs yo he observed, so many legal systems operate online litigation that I hope that the sheriff courts will adopt similar practices as the Court of Session to keep to country open for justice.