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Civil Justice - Civil Law Statistics in Scotland

High Level Summary of Statistics Trend Last update: Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Civil Justice Statistics in Scotland

There were 73,640 civil law cases initiated across the Court of Session, sheriff courts and the newly established Sheriff Personal Injury Court in 2016-17 (not including summary applications). This is a drop of 5% from the previous year, continuing the long term decrease of 44% since 2008-09 . The number of cases initiated in 2016-17 is the lowest since 2008-09.

Debt cases made up 42% of all civil court cases initiated in 2016-17. The next largest category of civil law cases were eviction cases, followed by family cases and personal injury claims.

The 2016-17 Scottish Crime and Justice Survey shows that nearly three in ten adults were estimated to have experienced at least one civil law problem during the previous three years. The most common type of issues were disputes with neighbours, followed by problems with faulty goods or services, and money and debt issues.

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