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Courts Reform (Scotland) Act receives Royal Assent

11 November 2014 | tagged News release

Fiona J Robb, secretary to the Law Society of Scotland’s Civil Justice Committee said: “The introduction of this Act is a major step forward in civil court reform and will bring about significant changes to the Scottish Civil Justice system.    We do however, remain concerned that some of the changes, such as the increase in the jurisdiction limit, will have a dramatic effect on the day to day work of the courts across Scotland, and increase the number of cases going through the sheriff courts.  This will inevitably lead to delays and members of the public will have to wait longer for justice. 

“We will monitor with interest the effects that these changes will bring, particularly as they come at the same time as the programme of court closures that is already underway.  It will be important to ensure that adequate resources are in place to ensure that the implementation of the reforms is effective.” 

The Courts Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 received Royal Assent today, 11 November. 


Notes to editors    

All the Society’s documentation pertaining to the Act can be found on our website .                              

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Please contact Louise Docherty on 0131 476 8204 or Val McEwan on 0131 226 8884 


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