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Justice Council publishes annual programme
The Gill and Taylor reviews, and the current Tribunals (Scotland) Bill, head the priorities of the Scottish Civil Justice Council (SCJC) in its Annual Programme for 2013-14, published today.
Set up earlier this year to prepare draft procedure rules for the civil courts and to advise and make recommendations on the civil justice system in Scotland, the SCJC intends in its first full year to give particular focus to these three major justice reform initiatives.
Between them the three projects are expected to be the main focus of the forward work programme for the SCJC over the next three to five year period.
The Tribunals Bill is already before the Scottish Parliament. The Courts Reform Bill, which will implement many of the proposals of the Gill review, has already been published in draft for consultation, and is expected to be introduced to the Parliament in early 2014. Sheriff Principal Taylor's review of the expenses and funding of civil litigation, a follow-up to Lord Gill's review, was published in September.
Also contained in the annual programme are details what the SCJC does and how it intends to engage with a range of individuals and groups across the civil justice system. The SCJC has established or is setting up five committees to take forward particular aspects of its work:
- a Family Law Committee;
- a Personal Injury Committee;
- a Rules Rewrite Working Group;
- an Access to Justice Committee;
- and an Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Committee.
Each of these committees is served by members with specialist expertise.
Commenting on the publication of the annual programme, Lord President Gill, who chairs the SCJC, said: “The programme of civil courts reform on which we are about to embark is a momentous development in the law of Scotland. The Scottish Civil Justice Council will be vital in ensuring the success of the changes and that our civil justice system remains responsive to modern society.”
Click here to access the annual programme.