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Responses to Courts Reform Bill consultation

The Scottish Government has published details of responses received to the consultation it ran between February and May of this year entitled ‘Making Justice Work: Courts Reform (Scotland) Bill’.

The consultation was part of a wider programme of reform and invited views on proposals to restructure the way civil cases and summary criminal cases are dealt with by the courts in Scotland. The consultation included a draft Courts Reform (Scotland) Bill aimed at modernising and improving the Scottish court system.

The proposals set out in the consultation paper included:

  • to give the Court of Session the status it deserves as a senior civil court and significantly increase the role of the sheriff courts;
  • to create a new judicial tier within the sheriff court (‘summary sheriffs’), with jurisdiction in certain civil cases and in summary criminal cases;
  • to create a new Sheriff Appeal Court with an all-Scotland jurisdiction to hear civil appeals from the sheriff courts and summary criminal appeals;
  • to create a specialist personal injury court with an all-Scotland jurisdiction;
  • to improve procedures for judicial review within the Court of Session;
  • to facilitate the modernisation of procedures in the Court of Session and sheriff courts; and
  • to promote Alternative dispute resolution through court rules.

According to the Scottish Government, it received 115 responses, and there was a very clear majority support for almost all proposals and concepts detailed in the consultation.

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