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Civil Law Statistics in Scotland 2012-13

Published: 24 Mar 2014
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Civil law is concerned with the rights and obligations of people and organisations. One way of resolving civil law disputes between people and organisations is for a case to be brought to court. In Scotland civil law cases are usually conducted in a sheriff court or the Court of Session. Common types of cases where civil law is used include debt, divorce and claims for personal injury.

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Civil Law Statistics in Scotland 2012-13
12. Review policy

12. Review policy

The SCS continues to review the accuracy of the data it collects. Courts are issued with guidance on recording practices and it is up to individual courts to process cases in line with this guidance. There is no evidence to suggest significant differences in the 'classification' of case types between courts.

The SCS continues to work closely with the Scottish Government on improving civil law statistics and in communicating the limitations of the data and statistics produced from them. The SCS is considering how the accuracy of its data can be improved cost effectively including, for example, reducing the number of disposed cases that go uncounted and improving the accuracy of summary application cases recorded under the other category.


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