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"When we speak of a legal system let us think… of the body of principles and doctrines which determine personal status and relations, which regulate the acquisition and enjoyment of property and its transfer between the living or its transmission from the dead, which define and control contractual or other obligations, and which provide for the enforcement of rights and the remedying of wrongs.
These are the matters which inevitably touch the lives of all citizens at many points from the cradle to the grave, and their regulation is a function of government with which no civilised community can dispense and on the due administration of which the well-being of every society depends."
Rt. Hon. Lord Cooper of Culross, Lord Justice-General and Lord President of the Court of Session (1947 - 1954), "The Scottish Legal Tradition".
1. MINISTERIAL FOREWORD
2. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
4. RESPONSE TO KEY PROPOSALS
4.2 JUDICIAL OFFICES
4.4 A CIVIL JUSTICE COUNCIL
4.5 ACCESS TO JUSTICE