• New Bankruptcy Rules

    Oct 06, 2016
    Two new bankruptcy Rules have been made.
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  • Lay representation for non natural persons

    Sep 22, 2016
    The Act of Sederunt makes provision regarding the lay representation of non-natural persons (for example a company) in civil proceedings in the Court of Session, the Sheriff Appeal Court and the sheriff court, and partly implements Chapter 4 (lay representation for non-natural persons) of the Courts Reform (Scotland) Act 2014.
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  • Act of Sederunt (Rules of the Court of Session 1994 and Sheriff Court Rules Amendment) (No. 3) (Miscellaneous) 2016

    Sep 06, 2016
    Act of Sederunt (Rules of the Court of Session 1994 and Sheriff Court Rules Amendment) (No. 3) (Miscellaneous) 2016 makes changes to the Ordinary Cause Rules to make it clear that, when a family or civil partnership action is intimated to a child who is not a party to the proceedings, a copy of the initial writ must not be sent to the child. It also amends other rules of court in relation to the form of charge for payment, applications for liability orders and recognition and enforcement of judgments in matrimonial matters and matters of parental responsibility.
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  • Court reforms amendments

    Aug 18, 2016
    New Rules have been made in relation to ongoing court reforms. The Rules, which come into force on 28 November, 2016, deal with changes to sections 87, 100 and 101 of the Courts Reform (Scotland) Act 2014.
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  • New compulsory Pre-Action Protocol

    Jul 25, 2016
    The Act of Sederunt (Sheriff Court Rules Amendment) (Personal Injury Pre-Action Protocol) 2016 introduces a new chapter into both the Ordinary Cause Rules (Chapter 3A) and the Summary Cause Rules (Chapter 4A) requiring parties to a prospective action of damages for personal injury to comply with a compulsory protocol prior to commencing proceedings.
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  • 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.
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  • New Simple Procedure

    Jun 13, 2016
    The Act of Sederunt (Simple Procedure) 2016 provides rules of court, forms and a set of standard orders for the simple procedure which will replace the small claims procedure for cases which have a value of £5,000 or less in the sheriff court.
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  • Amendments to Court of Session and Sheriff Court rules

    Feb 23, 2016
    The Act of Sederunt (Rules of the Court of Session 1994 and Sheriff Court Rules Amendment) (Miscellaneous) 2016 comes into force on 21st March 2016.
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  • Fees for sheriff officers & messengers at arms

    Feb 17, 2016
    These two Acts of Sederunt amend fees for sheriff officers and messengers at arms. The new tables will come into effect on 1 April this year.
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  • Act of Sederunt (Sheriff Court Rules Amendment) (Miscellaneous) 2015

    Dec 22, 2015
    This Act of Sederunt amends the Ordinary Cause Rules 1993 in implementation of the Section 16 Enterprise Act 2002 Regulations 2015 and amends the Act of Sederunt (Child Care and Maintenance Rules) 1997 in consequence of the coming into force of section 44A of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 and the Secure Accommodation (Scotland) Amendment (No 2) Regulations 2015. It comes into force on 1 February 2016.
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Please email your comments to the Secretariat scjc@scotcourts.gov.uk