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Responses to court reform consultation 17/09/2013 The Scottish Government has published details of the responses it received to its consultation on Courts Reform, launched in March this year.

Responses to court reform consultation

The Scottish Government has published details of the responses it received to its consultation on Courts Reform, launched in March this year. Overall, the majority of respondents were in favour of the proposals put forward.

The planned reform, which should lead to the biggest overhaul of the court structure in a generation, includes proposals to:

  • increase the threshold under which only the Sheriff Court can deal with civil cases from £5,000 to £150,000. The hope is that this will free up the Court of Session to deal with the most complex disputes.
  • The creation of a new judicial post – the summary sheriff – to hear lower value civil cases and less complex criminal cases. These sheriffs will have expertise in such casework and, in many cases, will use a new simpler procedure to resolve disputes fairly, swiftly and efficiently.
  • The creation of a Sheriff Appeal Court to deal with civil appeals and less serious criminal appeals.
  • The creation of a national personal injury sheriff court as a centre of expertise.
  • Improvements to judicial review procedure, including introducing a three-month time limit for applications to be brought.

 

 

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