Rules Rewrite Committee

The Rules Rewrite Committee was established on 30 June 2014 and replaced the Rules Rewrite Working Group.   

The Committee’s remit is concerned with –

• leading the Rules Rewrite Project

• considering any proposals for rules which do not otherwise fall within the remit of any other SCJC

In relation to the above remit, the Committee has the following functions –

• to keep the civil rules under review and to consider proposals for modification and reform

• to manage the Rules Rewrite Project

• to develop a framework for reviewing the new suites of rules prepared under the Rules Rewrite Project
  and any major reforms made under the Courts Reform (Scotland) Act 2014

• to review the arrangements for instructing and drafting rules

• to consider issues that do not fall under the remit of any other Committee

• to report to the Scottish Civil Justice Council with its recommendations and, where applicable, draft 

In the exercise of the foregoing functions the Committee is to take due account of the guiding principles of the Scottish Civil Justice Council –

• the civil justice system should be fair, accessible and efficient;

• rules relating to practice and procedure should be as clear and easy to understand as possible;

• practice and procedure should, where appropriate, be similar in all civil courts; and

• methods of resolving disputes which do not involve the courts should, where appropriate, be promoted.

In addition, in carrying out its remit, the Committee will have particular regard to the proposals in the Courts Reform (Scotland) Act 2014, the recommendations of the Scottish Civil Courts Review and the recommendations of the Review of the Expenses and Funding of Civil Litigation in Scotland.

The Chair of the Committee is the Lord President.
Minutes and papers of meetings can be found below.

Minutes and Papers of Meetings

Minutes and papers of the Rules Rewrite Committee

3 July 2018

27 March 2018

3 October 2017
21 February 2017
6 December 2016
25 October 2016

12 July 2016
31 May 2016
29 March 2016
19 January 2016
24 November 2015 

14 September 2015
7 July 2015
26 May 2015

7 April 2015

10 February 2015

20 November 2014
Minutes and papers of the Rules Rewrite Working Group:

The Final Report of the Rules Rewrite Working Group has been published and is available here .

29 May 2014
01 May 2014

16 January 2014

12 December 2013

07 November 2013

18 September 2013

Meeting Dates

Future meeting dates for the Rules Rewrite Committee:

no meetings scheduled at present

Current Members

Information about members of the Rules Rewrite Committee can be viewed here.


Rules Rewrite Project

Stage 1 - The New Civil Procedure Rules - First Report has been published and is available here.

Stage 2 - Information about current workstreams under stage 2 of the project is available here.