The Scottish Government has recently published details of its plans to introduce legislation that it says will create a more accessible, affordable and equitable civil justice system for Scotland.
The proposals, which the Government is now consulting on, contain primary legislation on the expenses and funding of civil litigation. In particular, the Government is seeking views on its plans to:
It also seeks views on:
“The role which expenses play in the context of civil litigation cannot be underestimated,” commented Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs Paul Wheelhouse. “As Sheriff Principal Taylor set out in his review, the current unpredictability of the costs of civil litigation impacts on access to justice.”
“The Scottish Government agrees that the current situation where the unpredictability of costs represents a barrier to justice is not acceptable,” he added. “I am convinced that the proposals in our consultation will go a long way to making the Scottish civil litigation system much more accessible to the people of Scotland.”
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