Law Society comment on Scottish Government agreement to lower civil court case value threshold
Commenting on the Scottish Government agreement to lower the proposed threshold for civil cases appearing in sheriff courts from £150,000, as proposed in the Court Reform (Scotland) Bill, to £100,000, Fiona Robb, Secretary for the Law Society's Civil Justice Committee, said: "This is a significant concession and we are pleased that the Justice Committee and the Cabinet Secretary for Justice have taken on board many of the comments made on this aspect of the Bill and have recognised that raising the current threshold level from £5,000 to £150,000 is too big a leap.
"We have expressed concerns that having a limit above £50,000 could restrict people's access to the higher courts, though this change goes some way towards mitigating this.
"We also think that sheriff courts will have to be adequately resourced to manage what may still be a significant transfer of business."
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Currently, the Court of Session can hear all civil cases where the sum sued for is £5,000 or above.
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