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Fall in number of civil sheriff court cases 24/03/2014 New statistics have shown a 41% drop in the number of civil disputes in Scottish courts over the last four years

Fall in number of civil sheriff court cases

New statistics have shown a 41% drop in the number of civil disputes in Scottish courts over the last four years. In the past year alone, they have fallen by 9%, says the Scottish Government.

Looking at the statistics in more detail:

  • There has been a drop of 45% in the number of debt disputes since the start of the financial crisis in 2008, and a drop of 11% in the financial year 2012-13, when compared to 2011-12.
  • Debt cases accounted for almost half of the civil cases brought to court.
  • Repossession and eviction cases have dropped by 47% in four years to 5,400 and 10,500 respectively.
  • There were 9,700 divorces granted in 2012-13, 14% fewer than four years earlier and two percent fewer than in 2011-12.
  • Civil partnership dissolutions have quadrupled in four years to 67 in 2012-13
  • There was a rise of 11% in the number of personal injury cases in 2012-13.

“There has been a continuous decline in the number of civil law court cases, a trend driven by the drop in debt cases,” said Scotland’s Chief Statistician, Roger Halliday. “Despite the decline in debt cases, they still make up nearly half civil law cases in courts, followed by family disputes, eviction cases and personal injury claims.”

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