Consultations by Other Organisations

Other organisations may invite the SCJC to respond to their consultation on an area of work relevant to the SCJC. Listed here are relevant consultations by other organisations along with any response from the SCJC.

Current Consultations

Scottish Government: Consultation on Proposals for Fees Charged by the Court of Session, Accountant of Court, Sheriff & Justice of the Peace Courts, High Court, Office of the Public Guardian, Personal Injury Court and the Sheriff Appeal Court

This consultation invites views on proposals for changes to court fees. 

This consultation closes on 15 May 2015.  
 

Scottish Government: Consultation on Expenses and Funding of Civil Litigation Bill

This consultation invites views on proposals for a prospective Bill to implement some of the key recommendations from Sheriff Principal Taylor's Report of the Review of Expenses and Funding of Civil Litigation in Scotland.      

This consultation closes on 24 April 2015.

 

Closed Consultations

Scottish Government: Consultation on Proposals to Reform Fatal Accident Inquiries Legislation

This consultation sought views on policy proposals for a prospective Bill to amend the legislation that governs Fatal Accident Inquiries (FAIs) in Scotland by implementing most of the recommendations made by Lord Cullen in his 2009 Review of Fatal Accident Inquiry Legislation.

The consultation closed on 9 September 2014.

The Scottish Civil Justice Council gave a written response to the Scottish Government.

Scottish Law Commission: Proposed repeal of the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1949

This consultation invited views on proposals to repeal the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1949. The provisions of the Act relate to family law. The consultation forms part of the Scottish Law Commissions Statute Law Repeals Project

This consultation closed on 30 April 2014.

The Scottish Civil Justice Council gave a written response to the Scottish Law Commission which can be viewed here.

Scottish Government: Consultation on the Proposed Merging of the Scottish Tribunal Service and the Scottish Court Service

This consultation looked at the concept of merging the Scottish Tribunals Service (STS) and the Scottish Court Service (SCS). This is the next step of reforming the devolved tribunals landscape in Scotland and would create a joint administration to provide support for both courts and tribunals, chaired by the Lord President.

This consultation closed on 19 September 2013.

The Scottish Civil Justice Council gave written evidence in response to the Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee call for evidence.

Scottish Government: Courts Reform (Scotland) Bill - A consultation paper

This consultation invited views on proposals to restructure the way civil cases and summary criminal cases are dealt with by the courts in Scotland. The proposals provide the legal framework for implementing the majority of recommendations of the Scottish Civil Courts Review, led by Lord Gill the former Lord Justice Clerk and now Lord President of the Court of Session. The proposals discuss a redistribution of business from the Court of Session to the sheriff courts, creating a new lower tier of judiciary in the sheriff court called the summary sheriffs with jurisdiction in certain civil cases and summary criminal cases. Other proposed measures include the creation of a new national sheriff appeal court and a new national specialist personal injury court.

This consultation closed on 24 May 2013.

The Scottish Civil Justice Council gave written evidence in response to the Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee call for evidence and Sheriff Principal Stephen gave oral evidence on behalf of the Council on 01 April 2014.

The Scottish Civil Justice Council also gave written evidence in response to the Scottish Parliament's Finance Committee call for evidence.

Scottish Government: Courts Reform (Scotland) Bill - Consultation on the treatment of civil appeals from the Court of Session

This paper follows on from the proposals in the previous consultation on the Courts Reform (Scotland) Bill to restructure the way civil cases and summary criminal cases are dealt with by the courts in Scotland. This paper proposes that the current arrangements - which provide an appeal route from the Inner House of the Court of Session to the United Kingdom Supreme Court on the certification of two counsel - should be replaced by leave to appeal.

This consultation closed on 23 August 2013.