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Law Society welcomes Justice Committee recommendations on court reform

09 May 2014 | tagged News release

Fiona Robb, Secretary to the Law Society of Scotland's Civil Justice Committee, said: "The Scottish Government is right to raise the threshold for cases being heard in the Court of Session, however we have consistently said that we believe the £150,000 threshold to be too high and would prefer to see the limit set at £50,000.

"We're therefore very pleased that the Justice Committee has recognised the concerns raised and has recommended to government that the proposed level should be lowered to ensure that serious and complex cases valued below £150,000 would continue to be heard in Scotland's highest civil court.

"We are keen to work with the government to find common ground on what a new threshold should be. 

"Overall we agree with the proposed reforms which will dramatically change the civil court structure in Scotland. In particular we support plans to create a new national personal injury court, to give litigants access to specialist personal injury sheriffs and court costs for litigants will also be reduced.

"It will also be important for the Scottish Court Service to ensure that sheriff courts are adequately resourced to manage this significant transfer of business, particularly with the programme of closures currently taking place across the court estate." 

ENDS

Notes to editors

The Law Society's written evidence on the Courts Reform (Scotland) Bill to the Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee can be found on our website.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Please contact Val McEwan on 0131 226 8884 / 07825 206468

EMAIL: valeriemcewan@lawscot.org.uk

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