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Guide to the Courts Reform (Scotland) Act 2014, A

Guide to the Courts Reform (Scotland) Act 2014, A
Practice Area:  Legal Systems
ISBN:  9780414055490
Published by:  W. Green
Publication Date:  04 Dec 2015
Subscription Information:  Non-Subscribable Product
Format:  Paperback
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The Courts Reform (Scotland) Act 2014, implements many of the changes recommended by the Scottish Civil Courts Review led by Lord Gill, and will affect the way in which civil court practitioners in Scotland must work. The changes are complex and wide ranging, so in response to this, author Charles Hennessy has produced this essential guide for the legal professional in Scotland.

The text contains the full provisions of the Act itself, along with notes which cover:

  • Sheriff Courts
  • Exclusive competence
  • Summary sheriffs
  • The Sheriff Appeal Court
  • The All Scotland Sheriff Court
  • Civil Procedure and Fees
  • Civil Appeals
  • Remits and Transfers
  • Judicial Review
  • Lay representation

The changes will have an effect on all court practitioners and will impact on the volume and type of case each can take, influencing the workload and portfolio of legal professionals throughout Scotland.

Solicitor Advocate Charles Hennessy presents expert practical guidance on how it impacts upon those working in the Scottish legal system. An expert on this new legislation, the author talks the reader through the complex changes which will affect legal professionals daily and looks forward, allowing the reader to plan for upcoming amendments.

The book is both easily portable and extremely practical, with extensive appendices including a map of Scotland’s Sheriffdoms and diagrams of the new court hierarchy, new appeals provisions and new provisions regarding  remits and transfers.

A Guide to the Courts Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 is an essential tool which will provide quick and easy answers in a time of significant change. Its insight will ensure that legal professionals across Scotland are confident and prepared for how these changes affect them and their business.


Charles Hennessy is a Solicitor Advocate and Academic Director of The Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at the University of Strathclyde Glasgow. He has written extensively on Scots law.
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