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.

Meeting Dates

Future meeting dates for the Rules Rewrite Committee are:

5 June 2017

3 October 2017


Current Members

Membership and further information about members of the Rules Rewrite Committee can be viewed here.

Final Report

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