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Civil Litigation (Expenses and Group Proceedings) (Scotland) Bill 03/05/2018 The Civil Litigation (Expenses and Group Proceedings) (Scotland) Bill was passed by the Scottish Parliament earlier this week

Civil Litigation (Expenses and Group Proceedings) (Scotland) Bill

The Civil Litigation (Expenses and Group Proceedings) (Scotland) Bill was passed by the Scottish Parliament earlier this week, expanding the funding options for civil actions.

According to the Scottish Government, the new legislation will ensure civil justice is more affordable, predictable and accessible – while providing greater funding equity between claimants and defenders in personal injury actions.

“The potential costs involved in civil court action can deter many people from pursuing legal action, even where their claim may have good grounds for success,” said Minister for Legal Affairs Annabelle Ewing. “This Bill will improve the ability of people in Scotland who have a civil claim to pursue that case in the courts. It seeks to remove some of the barriers which, in the past, have deterred individuals from accessing justice in the civil courts.”

Sheriff Principal James Taylor welcomed the Bill, explaining “This Bill achieves my objectives of rebalancing the relative bargaining strengths of parties to a personal injury litigation and properly regulating the funding system.”

The Bill can be found here.
 

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