Publication - Statistics

Civil justice statistics in Scotland: 2018-2019

Published: 7 Apr 2020
Directorate:
Safer Communities Directorate
Part of:
Law and order, Statistics
ISBN:
9781839606731

The 2018-2019 civil justice statistics in Scotland release includes main statistics tables, figures and supplementary statistics tables.

Glossary

Advocate
A specialist lawyer who can represent clients in the senior courts, as opposed to a solicitor (although there is now a third category of lawyers known as “solicitor-advocates”). Advocates are similar to barristers in England and Wales.

Ancillary crave
Any second and subsequent legal remedies requested by the pursuer / petitioner, as stated in the initial writ / summons.

Counsel
Another term for an advocate or solicitor-advocate.

Decree
The order of the judge or sheriff disposing of a case.

Defender / respondent
The person or body against whom a case is raised.

Disposal
Completion of a case following the issuing of a final judgment.

Initial writ / summons
A form of document used to commence some court cases.

Initiation
The registration of a case with the court.

Principal crave
The first legal remedy requested by the pursuer / petitioner, as stated in the initial writ / summons, etc.

Pursuer / petitioner
The person or body who is raising the court case. In simple procedure cases, the pursuer is known as the claimant.

Reclaiming motion
Appeals from the Outer House of the Court of Session, which are raised in the Inner House.

Sisted
Cases that have been suspended. Known as pause in simple procedure.

Summary Application
Form of application in the sheriff court for a variety of statutory applications, including certain kinds of statutory appeal to the sheriff as distinct from an initial writ, small claims or summary cause.


Contact

Email: justice_analysts@gov.scot