The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) will open five new hubs next week as lockdown restrictions are relaxed.
It plans to gradually reintroduce a small number of staff and judiciary to court buildings that are currently closed.
So far 10 sheriff court hubs have been operating and will continue to do so as the five new sites are introduced from Wednesday June 3.
Hubs in Livingston, Kirkcaldy, Greenock, Dumbarton and Airdrie will join the list next week to help deal with custodies and reduce court sitting times.
Eric McQueen, SCTS chief executive, said: “Given the changing position on the easing of lockdown measures, our priority is to ensure a safe and managed return of staff and judiciary to our buildings.
“This will be supported by a move to conducting more business online where it is appropriate to do so.
“The last few months have shown our capacity and appetite for change. The next will require that same commitment from everyone involved as we test and progress our recovery arrangements.”
The five new hubs join the existing sites in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Falkirk, Inverness, Aberdeen, Paisley, Kilmarnock, Hamilton and Dumfries.
Progress is being made to ensure a socially distanced environment with strict hygiene measures in place, the SCTS said.
Once the remainder of sheriff courts open, they will initially focus on the case backlog built up in lockdown.
Mr McQueen added: “Over the next few days we will share further plans on reopening and resuming summary criminal business and civil business.
“As we concentrate on managing the backlog of work there will be no hearings taking place nor public access to our buildings in these initial weeks.
“From next week we will take the first of a series of steps which will continue for the duration of the route map phases.”