An Audit Scotland investigation found that a combination of budget cuts and increasingly complex cases at sheriff courts
has pushed the system to breaking point.
New infographics, released today, highlight the need for reforms by showing how the total number of civil cases raised at the Court of Session has remained stable in recent years, while the number raised in the sheriff courts
has decreased substantially down 43 per cent between 2008-09 and 2012.
He has made appearances at Paisley and Stirling Sheriff Courts
on the charges.
Dornoch is one of 10 sheriff courts
being axed by the Scottish Court Service.
A report obtained by the Sunday Mail shows that people who appear before district courts on minor crimes are more likely to be locked up awaiting trial than those appearing in sheriff courts
on more serious charges.
Protesters demonstrated at Holyrood as the country''s most senior judge, Lord Gill, and Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill defended proposals to close 10 sheriff courts
The "postcode justice" statistics reveal wildly different sentences passed in Scotland's sheriff courts
More than 30 sheriff courts
and dozens of high court sittings have no security.
Nationally an average of 14 per cent of criminals got a prison term in sheriff courts
Sheriffs at the youth court, where offenders are to appear within 10 days of being charged, will be able to hand down a wider range of punishments than in traditional sheriff courts
The backlog rose at 29 out of Scotland's 49 sheriff courts
During a nine-and-a-half month investigation, six men have appeared at Edinburgh and Falkirk Sheriff Courts