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Scotland Court reforms

The first summary sheriffs who will sit under the reformed court structure in Scotland have been named.

Under the Courts Reform (Scotland) Act 2014, the new judicial office of summary sheriff will deal with lower level criminal cases and lower value civil claims, the latter under a procedure designed to enable litigants to present their own cases.

Twelve successful applicants have been named, along with six stipendiary magistrates whose office is abolished and who will become part-time summary sheriffs from 1 April 2016. 

For further information please contact:

Andrew Lothian, Head of General Insurance (Scotland) on 0131 474 2305

Caroline Coyle, Associate, Professional Support Lawyer on 0141 228 8132

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