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Government responds to Taylor Review 04/06/2014 The Scottish Government has confirmed that it accepts, in principle, all the recommendations made by Sheriff Principal Taylor in his review of the expenses and funding of litigation.

Government responds to Taylor Review

The Scottish Government has confirmed that it accepts, in principle, all the recommendations made by Sheriff Principal Taylor in his review of the expenses and funding of litigation. However, the Government will take the recommendations forward on an incremental basis, so as to be in line with other justice reforms - not least the Courts Reform (Scotland) Bill.

The Review was commissioned in March 2011 by the then Minister for Community Safety, Fergus Ewing MSP. The 85 recommendations, published in September 2013, set out the case for substantial changes to make the civil courts more accessible for all.

The Government’s response, published on 3rd June, deals with the recommendations relating to the cost of litigation, sanction for counsel, qualified one way costs, damages based agreements, claims companies and referral fees.

“These improvements are part of a much wider series of reforms to our justice system to make it more effective and efficient for all parties involved, and ensure that disputes are resolved fairly and swiftly,” said Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill.

“We intend to introduce primary legislation at the earliest opportunity and I look forward to working with our partners across the justice system to bring these recommendations to a successful conclusion, ensuring that Scottish Justice is, as it should be, accessible to all,” he said.
 

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