The procedure to be followed in cases heard in the Court of Session and in civil cases in the sheriff courts are set out in court rules. The Court of Session makes these rules in a document known formally as an Act of Sederunt.
New or revised rules might be needed to give effect to primary or secondary legislation, to a court ruling or to improve the procedures followed in court.
One of the functions of the Scottish Civil Justice Council is to assist the Court of Session in making new rules by preparing and submitting draft civil procedure rules for it to consider.
This function was previously undertaken by the Court of Session and Sheriff Court Rules Councils. Read more about the previous civil rules councils.
Rules in criminal proceedings
Rules for criminal proceedings (known as Acts of Adjournal) are made by the High Court of Justiciary and are prepared by the Criminal Court Rules Council.
View the Rules
Once made, court rules are available at the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service website. Links to the court rules can be found below:
Sheriff Court Rules
Court of Session Rules
Criminal Procedure Rules