Table 13: Debt cases initiated and disposed of1 in the civil courts, by case type and final disposal, 2018-19
|Absolvitor||For pursuer||Decree by default||Dismissed2||Expenses only2||Other|
|Court of Session3||9||8||3||0||3||0||2||0||0|
|Sheriff: ordinary cause||4,218||3,344||407||200||2,139||44||529||1||24|
|Sheriff: summary cause4||6||35||4||4||4||0||23||0||0|
|Sheriff: small claim4||5||106||7||8||19||0||71||0||1|
|Sheriff: simple procedure4||25,210||26,569||725||899||15,985||1||8,635||311||13|
1. Figures for initiations and disposals do not necessarily refer to the same cases.
2. Data from the new case management system is not currently split between 'defended' and 'undefended', therefore these have been combined into a single category.
3. First instance business only – excludes appeals and reclaiming motions.
4. The first phase of simple procedure replaced the small claims and the more straightforward cases under summary cause procedure from 28 November 2016.
More complex summary cause cases will move during phase two of simple procedure in due course.