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Six specialist sheriffs appointed 24/08/2015 Six specialist Personal Injury sheriffs have been appointed to the new Sheriff Personal Injury Court

Six specialist sheriffs appointed 

Six specialist Personal Injury sheriffs have been appointed to the new Sheriff Personal Injury Court, which is due to start operations at the beginning of the new legal year.

The six appointments are Sheriff Paul Arthurson QC, Sheriff Peter Braid, Sheriff Gordon Liddle, Sheriff Kathrine Mackie, Sheriff Kenneth McGowan and Sheriff Fiona Reith QC.

The designation of the specialist sheriffs follows a direction from the Lord President under section 34 of the Courts Reform (Scotland) Act 2014, determining that actions of damages for, or arising from, personal injuries or the death of a person from personal injuries are a category of case that is considered to be suited to being dealt with by sheriffs that specialise in that category of case. 

The creation of the all-Scotland jurisdiction PI court, to be located at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, is among a raft of significant reforms which will come into effect on 22nd September 2015. 

The court will have jurisdiction in PI cases exceeding £5,000, workplace-related PI actions exceeding £1,000, and any workplace-related PI case under £1,000 remitted to the all-Scotland court by the sheriff. Concurrently with the establishment of the court the exclusive competence of the Sheriff Court will increase to £100,000.

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