Sheriff Appeal Court rules

Jun 23, 2016

The main content of this miscellaneous Act of Sederunt are amendments to the Act of Sederunt (Sheriff Appeal Court Rules) 2015, which have been made by the Council following feedback on the operation of the Sheriff Appeal Court since it was established on 1 January 2016. It also contains minor and consequential amendments to various other sheriff court rules as a result of these procedural changes within the Sheriff Appeal Court.

The amendments include:

  • a requirement for a copy interlocutor to be appended to the form of appeal
  • variation of time periods under the rules and duties of sheriff clerk to transmit the process in certain appeals to the Sheriff Appeal Court
  • amendment to provisions on expenses and sanction for counsel and a new Schedule 2 to the 2015 Rules, which updates standard forms.  


The Act of Sederunt includes Amendments to Ordinary Cause Rules 1993 to make provision for the uplift of productions from case files 14 days after the expiry of the appeal period and amends Chapter 33A.21(6) to update the terminology for child welfare reporters.

Amendment of the Sheriff Court Adoption Rules 2009 makes provision for the sheriff clerk to issue an extract of a permanence order made in a case, following the relevant appeal period and provision for the sheriff clerk to intimate the making of certain orders to the Principal Reporter.

The Act of Sederunt makes other minor miscellaneous amendments to correct errors.

Providing Feedback

The SCJC welcomes feedback on any aspect of court rules.

Please email your comments to the Secretariat scjc@scotcourts.gov.uk