Scottish Court Reforms: what's happening and when?


The Courts Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 makes significant changes to the Scottish civil courts, aimed at modernising and enhancing efficiency.

This month sees major reforms, including the introduction of a new £100,000 minimum threshold for actions raised in the Court of Session and changes to the way in which judicial review procedure operates. To help you keep track, we’ve summarised key reforms over the next 6 months and beyond.

What's happening? Date
Increase in the exclusive competence of the Sheriff Court from £5,000 to £100,000. Actions over the £100,000 threshold may be raised in either the Sheriff Court or the Court of Session. 22 September 2015
Introduction of a requirement for permission to appeal to the UK Supreme Court. 22 September 2015
Changes to judicial review procedures: read more in our Law-Now. 22 September 2015
Creation of an All-Scotland Sheriff Personal Injury Court in Edinburgh: read more in our Law-Now. 22 September 2015
Expenses and Funding of Civil Litigation Bill Expected to be introduced in October 2015
The new Sheriff Appeal Court will start hearing civil appeals from Sheriff Courts. Expected early 2016
Rewriting of court rules to make them more accessible to court users through a process of consolidation, harmonisation and simplification. Ongoing
More effective use of technology to ensure that business is dealt with as expediently as possible. Ongoing

To discuss how the changes may impact you, please get in touch with your usual contact at CMS or one of the contacts below.