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Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service 15/11/2013 Legislation to merge the Scottish Court Service and the Scottish Tribunals Service into the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service will be brought forward early next year.

Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service

Legislation to merge the Scottish Court Service (SCS) and the Scottish Tribunals Service (STS) into the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service will be brought forward early next year, the Scottish Government has announced.

The move follows a consultation that closed in September.

“The majority of responses to the consultation supported a single body to serve both courts and devolved tribunals in Scotland,” said Legal Affairs Minister Roseanna Cunningham. "A joint body will ensure continued independence, with a joint body corporate chaired by the Lord President, while enabling on-going improvement and sharing of best practice."

“It is paramount that the specialism of courts and tribunals continues to be supported by their specialist staff in a merged organisation,” she explained. “That’s why we aim to bring forward legislation early in the New Year to bring about this change and ensure a board structure which supports the business of both courts and tribunals.”

The Government does not envisage changes to the front-line operational delivery of courts and tribunals business.
 

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