The Civil Litigation (Expenses and Group Proceedings) (Scotland) Bill, which aims to make civil justice more affordable and accessible for all, has been published in the Scottish Parliament.
If the Bill is passed by Parliament it will:
“We know from Sheriff Principal Taylor’s review that the potential costs involved in civil court action can deter many people from pursuing legal action even where they have a justified claim,” commented Minister for Legal Affairs Annabelle Ewing. “That is not acceptable and is something this Bill will address by creating a more accessible, affordable and equitable civil justice system for Scotland.”
“This legislation will expand the range of funding options available to pursuers while increasing protection from potentially crippling court costs,” she added. “It will also, for the first time, allow multi-party actions in the Scottish civil courts – an important reform that will widen access to justice.”
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