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Scottish Civil Justice Council launched

The Scottish Civil Justice Council (SCJC) was officially launched on 23rd September 2013. The SCJC replaces the previous Rules Councils for both the Court of Session and the sheriff court. The SCJC will take over responsibility for drafting court rules and will also have a new wider role advising and making recommendations on the development of the civil justice system in Scotland. Lord Gill’s Scottish Civil Courts Review in 2009 identified the need for a unified Rules Council with an overview of the Scottish Civil Courts system. The Scottish government’s legislative programme for 2013/14 includes the Courts Reform Bill, which is intended to implement many of the reforms recommended in the Gill Review. The SCJC will have a significant role in ensuring that the Scottish courts respond appropriately to those reforms. The Council is due to publish its first report towards the end of October 2013.

By Catherine Hart

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