Scottish Civil Court Statistics

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Scottish Legal News reports today that the Scottish Civil Courts have seen a 10% increase in the volume of business in the year 2017/18, according to official statistics published on behalf of the Scottish Government.

Over 81,000 civil cases were commenced in either the Court of Session or the Sheriff Court. The Sheriff Personal Injury Court now dealing with approximately 33% of personal injury cases.

Interestingly, the figures show that, since 2015/16, the volume of cases handled by the Court of Session have seen a decrease of 48%. More cases are now being commenced in the Sheriff Court. This may seem staggering at first glance, but it was always the intention of the Gill Review (discussed in Chapter 1 of Introductory Scots Law) to reduce the workload of the Court of Session in this way.

The Courts Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 implemented many of the recommendations that Lord Gill promoted and this has led to a profound reorganisation of the jurisdiction of both the Court of Session and the Sheriff Court (also discussed in Chapter 1 of Introductory Scots Law).

The official statistics demonstrate that the following three types of civil action are the most common:

  • Debt recovery (bankruptcy and diligence)
  • Family actions
  • Evictions

The Scottish Legal News article can be viewed by clicking on the link below:

Copyright Seán J Crossan, 2 April 2019

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A legal blog by the author of Introductory Scots Law: Theory & Practice (3rd Edition: 2017; Hodder Gibson) Sean J. Crossan BA (Hons), LLB (Hons), MSc, TQFE I have been teaching law in Higher and Further Education for nearly 25 years. I also worked as an employment law consultant in a Glasgow law firm for over a decade. I am also a trade union representative and continue to make full use of my legal background. I am a graduate and postgraduate of the Universities of Dundee, London and Strathclyde. Please note that this Blog provides a general commentary about issues in Scots Law. It is not intended as a substitute for in-depth legal advice. If you have a specific legal problem, you should always consult a suitably qualified Scottish solicitor who will be able to provide you with the support that you require.

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