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Parliament approves Courts Reform Bill 08/10/2014 The Courts Reform (Scotland) Bill has been approved by the Scottish Parliament. Once in force, the Bill will result in the biggest modernisation of Scotland’s courts in a generation.

Parliament approves Courts Reform Bill

The Courts Reform (Scotland) Bill has been approved by the Scottish Parliament. Once in force, the Bill will result in the biggest modernisation of Scotland’s courts in a generation.

The changes include recommendations made by Lord Gill as part of the Scottish Civil Courts Review to improve the structure and operation of the courts, which were described as “slow, inefficient and expensive.”

The aim, according to the Scottish Government, is to ensure that the right cases are heard in the right courts at the right cost.

The reforms include:

  • Raising the exclusive competence of the sheriff court to £100,000
  • Introducing summary sheriffs to deal with some types of criminal and civil cases in the sheriff courts
  • Establishing a Sheriff Appeal Court

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