Staffing shortages in Scotland’s prison transport service are continuing to have a “significant impact” on the country’s legal system, the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) has warned.

The body raised concerns about the effect the ongoing issue is having on court staff, witnesses and the accused.

GEOAmey, the company contracted to transport prisoners and young people in custody, has blamed a “challenging labour market” for a lack of workers.

The shortages have caused delays in criminal trials and court hearings and have meant cases can not be heard in some parts of the country.

The Law Society of Scotland described the problem in July as “disgraceful” and said there appeared to be “no end in sight”.

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