The latest step in the reform of the Scottish civil justice system took place this week with the official launch of the Scottish Civil Justice Council (SCJC), at Parliament Hall in Edinburgh.
It is quite a technical body – it replaces the Court of Session Rules Council and the Sheriff Court Rules Council – but the issues it decides will affect every civil dispute in Scotland.
The key responsibilities of the SCJC include the preparation of draft rules of procedure for the civil courts and advising the Lord President on ways in which the justice system in Scotland should develop.
The creation of a single civil rules council for Scotland was one of the recommendations of Lord Gill’s Scottish Civil Courts Review. Many of the recommendations that came out of this review will need new rules of court and the SCJC, which will have oversight of the entire civil justice system, will be responsible for taking these forward. It will also be responsible for keeping the civil justice system under constant review.
Speaking at the official launch, the Lord President, the Right Honourable Lord Gill, said:
“Scotland’s civil courts have not been subject to large scale reform for over a century. The creation of the Scottish Civil Justice Council will support civil courts review by ensuring that the system will be responsive to the changing needs of modern society.”
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