The Scottish Government issued a consultation about the designation of a professional association for officers of court as provided for under section 63 of the Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Act 2007. These provisions have been refreshed and updated by the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010.
The professional association will be designated in regulations which may also contain provisions relating to the functions, constitution and procedures of the professional association.
As a prerequisite to holding a commission as an officer of court, an individual will in future have to be a member of the professional association - the new regulations will therefore make membership of the designated professional association compulsory.
Scope of this consultation
The Scottish Ministers consulted with the Lord President, Sheriffs Principal, representatives of the professional association or proposed professional association and such other bodies or persons who appear to the Scottish Minister to have an interest.
This consultation covers Scotland only.
The Consultation ended on 30 November 2010. An analysis of the consultation responses has been completed and the anaysis report has now been published.