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Changes on the horizon

Sarah Ainslie believes the Courts Reform (Scotland) Bill will help the Scottish legal system overthrow its costly and inefficient reputation

9 December 2014

On 11 November 2014 the Courts (Reform) Scotland Bill received Royal Assent and the Scottish legal system moved one step closer to its biggest reformation since devolution.

The Bill has been a hot topic of discussion ever since the Gill Review was published in 2009 and has been progressing through parliament following its introduction in February of this year.

It embodies the reform of the civil courts and the driving factor behind it was principally the need to ensure the court system was fit to cope with the increase in litigation and address general concerns that it was slow, inefficient and expensive.

While it is generally accepted among the legal profession that the Scottish court system plays host to some unique, and arguably outdated, traditions, the proposals to reform and remove some of these were met with more varied reactions. Changes were targeted at increasing access to justice and maximis...

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