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Thanks for your question. I am a solicitor in Scotland and can help you with your question today. Were you charged by the police and released. Did you ever appear in court or receive a written summons?
Thanks. Was this under solemn procedure or summary procedure? Did you appear in court on a bail undertaking?
If it was summary procedure and you appeared on a bail undertaking and pled not guilty the court would have issued a date for trial there and then. If it was solemn procedure you would have appeared on Petition, in private before a sheriff, made no plea or declaration and released on bail for further procedure. Are you able to say which it was and let me see any papers?
Thanks. Assuming it was solemn procedure, the Crown has 11 months to hold a first diet and the trial has to commence within 12 months under normal circumstances and there are procedures whereby a judge can extend this period. However at present the emergency coronavirus legislation provides that the time limits are extended for 6 months. Here is the legislation: https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1995/46/section/65 I hope this helped you today. Please do let me know if I can clarify anything, I am always happy to help.