June 2014

Courts Reform (Scotland) Bill

The Society submitted its stage 1 brief in May.  The bill proposes to introduce a £150,000 threshold for cases to be heard in the Court of Session, and the Society's concerns centre around the dramatic increase in the threshold from its current £5000, which is likely to cause a surge in cases and delays in the sheriff courts.  The Society would welcome a rise in the threshold to £50,000, which will ensure that the majority of serious and complex cases will continue to be heard in Scotland's highest court.  The Society also has concerns around the introduction of a three month time period in which to bring a judicial review application which is, in the Society's view, overly restrictive and will adversely affect access to justice.  The Society will be preparing stage 2 amendments to the bill in June.

Read the full documentation on the bill.