Emmerdale fans should brace themselves for some courtroom drama in early 2017 when troubled Lachlan White (Thomas Atkinson) discovers his fate.

Viewers have already seen Lachlan confess to blasting granddad Lawrence with a shotgun, while mum Chrissie has also toyed with taking the rap for her son's crimes. This week's episodes of the ITV soap even saw Rebecca scheme to spring Lachlan from prison, only for Robert to back out of the plan at the last minute.

January's episodes of Emmerdale will see the drama take a fresh twist as Lachlan appears in court to find out whether his future lies behind bars.

An Emmerdale spokesperson said of the upcoming scenes: "After having admitted to shooting his grandfather, Lachlan White is back in court in January. But will he get sent down, or will a protective family member save him from serving time behind bars?"

So who could be coming to Lachlan's rescue? Find out when the ITV soap airs these scenes early next year.

You can watch a 60-second rundown of next week's episodes of Emmerdale below.

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