About 30,000 Scottish civil servants have participated in a major one-day strike over job cuts and pay, according to union officials.
Workers across Scotland are taking part in the 24-hour strike
The Public and Commercial Service (PCS) union said that about 90% of civil servants were taking part in the 24-hour strike on Wednesday.
Many court cases were cancelled while museums and galleries closed.
Officials said the strike was in response to the decision to cut 100,000 civil service jobs in the UK.
A Scottish Executive spokesman said a total of 1,424 civil servants at the executive and related agencies went on strike.
Eddie Reilly, PCS Scottish secretary, said: "Our members have clearly shown from their response, their determination to sustain a prolonged campaign of industrial action in order to oppose compulsory redundancies, defeat below-inflation pay offers and protect the services they deliver to the people of the country from the cradle to the grave.
"Chancellor Gordon Brown is in the last chance saloon. He might be looking for a new job, but our union and our members are standing up to fight for their jobs and for fair pay."
As a result of the strike, there were no sheriff or jury trials at Glasgow Sheriff Court but it was open for other court business.
In Aberdeen, the high court was closed and the sheriff court was only handling limited business.
Staff at the local pensions office and other regional government offices were also affected by the stoppage.
The union said that the "vast majority" of staff had not turned up at the huge tax return processing centre in East Kilbride.
Scottish Socialist MSP Carolyn Leckie joined pickets outside the tax office in East Kilbride.
She said: "Gordon Brown announced 100,000 job cuts in parliament without any talks with staff or unions.
"It was a bidding war with the Tories to see who could sack the most people, a disgrace."
Several government departments said they had managed to keep offices open during the strike action.
The Inland Revenue said all of its Scottish branches had opened for business "as normal".
Officials at the Department for Work and Pensions, which runs several hundred job centres across Scotland, also said that all of its centres had opened for business.
Hundreds of civil servants took part in a rally and march in Glasgow.