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C1s – why they bounce

21 January 19

The Professional Practice team has received data showing the most common reasons for rejection of the form C1 confirmation inventory

by Lucy Durie

The Society has been liaising with the Scottish Courts & Tribunal Service (SCTS) on processing form C1 confirmation inventory. Data were captured from Edinburgh Sheriff Court to identify common mistakes in the C1 forms that lead to rejection. In order to assist the profession, SCTS has provided a list of the common mistakes. Several matters are referred to below, to remind practitioners of where useful information can be found to assist in the submission of the forms. 

The most common return reasons identified by SCTS from the data capture between 11 September and 11 October 2018 were: 
  1. Incorrect fee.
  2. Executor’s address incorrect and not corrected within the declaration. For example, an executor may be designed in the will at a previous address to the one they are currently living at. This should be declared in the C1 form together with reference to the previous address in the will.
  3. Document referred to in the declaration not lodged.
  4. Domicile incorrect.
  5. Eik value not stated – the amended value for confirmation at the foot of p 3 of the eik form is missing. 

Incorrect fees are a common return reason. SCTS advises that it receives incorrect fees very regularly. Practitioners can sign up to a SCTS credit agreement, which will prevent occurrences of wrong fees being sent by cheque and being returned. The link to the up-to-date fee order for commissary is:

Practitioners may also wish to refer to the HMRC C3 guidance, C3 – Notes for completion of forms C1 (Confirmation Inventory) and form C5 (Inland Revenue Return). The reasoning behind this is that the C1 confirmation inventory form is a dual-purpose form used by both the sheriff clerks’ offices and HMRC, for the issue of confirmation and assessment of tax respectively. Information is also readily available to practitioners from Currie on Confirmation of Executors (9th ed by Eilidh M Scobbie), at paras 10-21 onwards. 

SCTS has recently set up a Commissary Records Unit email inbox at Edinburgh Sheriff Court. All members’ queries/progress requests should be directed to 

Lucy Durie has recently joined the Law Society of Scotland as a senior solicitor in the Professional Practice team

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Elizabeth McGillivray

Wednesday January 30, 2019, 21:42

All of this may be true and if it is then it does not show those submitting C1 forms in the best light. These are basic issues taught (or certainly were when I was a tutor) on the Diploma. Of far greater concern are those which are bounced because one court does things differently from another; because one court has decided to introduce something at variance with the way it has always been done before.

Perhaps the Society would use a little more of our time ingathering information on that and challenging it. There is absolutely no reason why the system should not be the same throughout all the courts.