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Official launch of Scottish Civil Justice Council

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 […]

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 […]

Rules for Visiting Court

Most people do not want to have to go to court if they can possibly help it. Courts are forbidding places (as they are meant to be) and as most people have little or no experience of them, they seem to be alien environment. So when normal people need to visit the courtrooms of Scotland […]

Tribunal reform legislation published

Following a consultation exercise carried out in Spring 2012, the Scottish Parliament has now published legislation to create a more user-friendly and simplified structure for Scotland’s tribunals. Tribunals are a key part of the legal system, protecting people from potentially unfair treatment in a range of specialist areas such as support for learning, health, land […]