Consultation on the Simple Procedure Rules

The consultation document and associated annexes can be accessed below: 
Annex A - Respondent Information Form
 Annex B - Consultation Questionnaire
Annex C - List of those being consulted


This consultation seeks views on simple procedure, the rules and forms for which are contained within the Act of Sederunt (Simple Procedure) 2016. This consultation will close on 31 May 2018.

Simple procedure is a court process designed to provide a speedy, inexpensive and informal way to resolve disputes. The Simple Procedure Rules have been designed with the party litigant in mind, using accessible language and incorporating user-friendly guidance wherever practicable.

The Simple Procedure Rules came into force on 28 November 2016 and are now being reviewed by the Access to Justice Committee of the SCJC.

What Happens Next

Following the closing date, all responses will be analysed and considered along with any other available evidence to help the SCJC reach a view on what amendments, if any, should be made to the Simple Procedure Rules to increase their effectiveness and usability. 

It is intended that a consultation report will be published on the SCJC website in due course.


Lauren Keillor - Policy Officer, SCJC
0131 240 6781