Children (Scotland) Act 2020 - section 23(1) and section 24(1): fourth report on the Scottish Ministers' duties

Fourth report on the Scottish Ministers' duties under section 23(1) (funding for alternative dispute resolution) and section 24(1) (pilot scheme for mandatory alternative dispute resolution meetings) of the Children (Scotland) Act 2020.


1. The Scottish Civil Justice Council has an information page on their website about how court rules are made.

2. Court rules have recently been made on the case management of family and civil partnership actions. These will come into force on 25 September 2023 (see this Scottish Civil Justice Council news release for further information). Under these, the rule on mediation has been expanded to include all family actions, not just those seeking orders under section 11 of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995. The new rules provide that the sheriff must have particular regard to any averments of domestic abuse when considering the appropriateness of referring the action, or part thereof, to a mediator.



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