§ Mr. Menzies Campbell
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what facilities are available in the district court, the sheriff court, the Court of Session and the High Court of Justiciary for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
Voice reinforcement systems are provided where necessary in court rooms used by the supreme and sheriff courts, and emphasis is placed on securing good acoustic efficiency when new court rooms are being planned and existing court rooms refurbished. Information on the district courts is not held centrally. When parties to court proceedings are deaf or hard of hearing interpretation facilities may be used at the discretion of the court.