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Debt disputes still falling 22/07/2015 The number of debt cases being considered by Scottish courts has continued to fall for the fifth year in a row, according to the latest civil justice statistics.

Debt disputes still falling

The number of debt cases being considered by Scottish courts has continued to fall for the fifth year in a row, according to the latest civil justice statistics

The statistics, published by Scotland’s Chief Statistician, show the total number of civil law cases initiated in Scottish courts is at its lowest in the past five years. There were 77,300 civil law cases raised in Scotland in the financial year 2013-14, a decrease of 41% since 2008-09, largely because the number of debt cases have nearly halved since then.

There were 35,400 debt cases raised in 2013-14, a similar number to 2012-13 but 46% lower than the 65,800 cases raised in 2008-09. Changes in types of borrowing, settlements out of court and perceived lower chances of recovering money are among the possible causes for the drop in cases brought to court.

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.

According to the figures, there was a one percent reduction in the number of divorces, down to 9,600 divorces in 2013-14. For the first time there was also a reduction in the number of dissolutions, with 61 granted in 2013-14 compared to 67 in 2012-13.

The number of damages cases raised in court dropped too, to 3,200 for 2013-14.

Overall, the number of civil law cases raised at the Court of Session in 2013-14 was down two percent compared to the previous year to 4,800. However, the number of cases raised at the sheriff courts, which accounts for 94% of civil law cases, was virtually unchanged from 2012-13 at 72,500.

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