Court reform countdown

In January of this year, Lord Gill called the Courts Reform (Scotland Act) 2014 “the single most important piece of legislation in the field of civil justice for over a century”.

While the importance of numerous pieces of secondary legislation should not be underestimated it is clear the changes are going to be monumental.  Main areas for reform:-

  • The Sheriff Courts’ privative limit of £5,000 will be replaced with an exclusive competence of £100,000;

  • Sheriff Courts with an all-Scotland jurisdiction to be established;

  • New appeal procedures and the creation of a Sheriff Appeal Court;

  • The introduction of a three month time limit and a requirement for permission in all judicial reviews;

Replacing summary cause procedure – which also includes small claims – with a new simple procedure.

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Alison Grant


I am a Partner in our nationally renowned insurance practice. Although my work is national I’m based in Glasgow.