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Significant fall in Scots civil court cases

5 December 2012

The number of cases being initiated in Scotland’s civil courts has fallen significantly in the last year, according to new figures released today.

The fall is across the broad spectrum of cases being brought before the civil courts including family, debt, personal injury, damages and repossessions and evictions.

Appeals and reclaiming motions also decreased significantly.

The figures released today by Scotland’s chief statistician looked at cases at the Court of Session and sheriff courts across the country.

The key findings showed that in 2011-12, 85,256 cases were initiated, a decrease of 13 per cent on the previous year.

The sheriff courts dealt with 80,502 cases in 2011-12, a fall of 13 per cent from the 92,308 cases initiated in 2010-11.

The number of cases disposed of also fell, from 87,504 in 2010-11 to 77,147 in 2011-12, a drop of 12 per cent. These figures were for ordinary cause, summary cause and small claims cases.

There were also 4,754 first instance cases initiated in the Court of Session in 2011-12, eight per cent fewer than the 5,176 cases initiated the previous year.

The number of cases disposed of has increased, from 4,295 in 2010-11 to 4,856 in 2011-12, a rise of 13 per cent.