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Civil court reform – call for evidence 19/02/2014 The Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee is looking for views on the Courts Reform (Scotland) Bill, which will make major changes to the Scottish civil courts system.

Civil court reform – call for evidence

The Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee is looking for views on the Courts Reform (Scotland) Bill, which will make major changes to the Scottish civil courts system.

Among the proposed changes is a move to increase the monetary threshold for raising civil action in the sheriff court from £5,000 to £150,000 to allow the Court of Session to focus on the most complex civil cases.

A new judicial office of ‘summary sheriff’ is also envisaged, along with a new Sheriff Appeal Court that aims to reduce the number of criminal and civil appeals which require to be dealt with in the High Court and Inner House.

The Bill also proposes establishing a specialist Scotland-wide court, initially intended to deal with personal injury cases.

“Lord Gill’s Review of the Scottish civil courts identified an expensive and inefficient system which was failing to deliver justice and accessibility to the public. This Bill seeks to make some radical changes to address these shortcomings,” said Justice Committee Convener Christine Grahame MSP. “We would like to hear the views of people and groups who actually use the service, along with those of legal practitioners whose day to day work may be significantly affected by the provisions in the Bill.”

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