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Court Reform timetable 28/01/2015 In a speech this week at the Holyrood Digital Justice Conference, the Lord President set out the timetable for the commencement of provisions of the Courts Reform (Scotland) Act 2014.

Court Reform timetable

In a speech this week at the Holyrood Digital Justice Conference, the Lord President set out the timetable for the commencement of provisions of the Courts Reform (Scotland) Act 2014.

Many of the reforms will come into effect in September 2015, including:

  • the establishment in Edinburgh of a sheriff court with a Scotland-wide jurisdiction for personal injury cases;
  • the extension of the exclusive jurisdiction of the sheriff court to actions with a value of up to £100,000;
  • the establishment of the Sheriff Appeal Court, at first with jurisdiction for criminal cases and after January 2016 with jurisdiction also in civil cases;
  • the introduction of the permission stage to judicial review proceedings.

During the speech, Lord Gill also announced the publication of the report on the televising of proceedings in court and outlined his intention to launch a feasibility study into the creation of a new Energy and Natural Resources Court in the Court of Session.

See the Speech

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