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Appointments to Specialist Personal Injury Court

Scotland’s new Sheriff Personal Injury Court has moved a step closer to becoming operational with the appointment of six sheriffs who will sit at the court as specialists in actions of damages for personal injury.

The creation of the new court is one of several changes to the civil courts and civil procedure of Scotland that will take effect on 22nd September this year. These include:

  • the creation of the new Sheriff Appeal Court at first with appellate jurisdiction in summary criminal cases including bail appeals and from next year with jurisdiction also in civil cases;
  • an extension to exclusive competence of all sheriff courts to actions with a value of up to £100,000; the introduction of a three-month time limit and a requirement for permission in judicial reviews;
  • a requirement for permission to appeal to the UK Supreme Court;
  • and new provisions for remits between courts and procedures.

The new court will be located at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, and 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. Along with the establishment of the new court, the exclusive competence of the Sheriff Court will increase to £100,000.

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