The future of the Land Court and the Lands Tribunal: consultation

The consultation seeks views on the proposed amalgamation of the Scottish Land Court and the Lands Tribunal for Scotland and on four administrative issues related to those bodies.

About the consultation

The objective of this paper is to offer an opportunity for views to be gathered on the future of the Scottish Land Court and the Lands Tribunal for Scotland. The main proposal relates to a possible amalgamation of the two bodies. This would be achieved by the incorporation of the Lands Tribunal for Scotland into an expanded Scottish Land Court.

The consultation also seeks views on four administrative issues. The first relates to issues about recusals by legal members from cases in both the Court and the Tribunal, the second to the necessity for a Gaelic speaker in the Court, the third is about the Lands Tribunal’s power to award expenses in title conditions cases, and the fourth has to do with the Land Court’s power to award expenses in certain appeals.

Responding to this consultation

Please respond to this consultation using the online platform ‘Citizen Space’ which can be found at: Access and respond to this consultation online at You can save and return to your responses whilst the consultation is still open. Please ensure that consultation responses are submitted before the closing date of 19 October 2020.

If you are unable to respond using ‘Citizen Space’, please send your views and comments either by email to or by posting a paper copy to:

Michael Green
Civil Law and Legal System
Scottish Government
GW-15 St Andrew’s House
Regent Road

However you respond, please complete the Respondent Information Form (see ‘Handling your response’ below). Responses should reach us by 23:59 on Monday, 19 October 2020. Earlier responses would be welcome.

Handling your response

If you respond using ‘Citizen Space’, you will be automatically directed to the Respondent Information Form at the start of the questionnaire. This will let us know how you wish your response to be handled and, in particular, whether you are happy for your response to be made public.

If you are unable to respond via ‘Citizen Space’, please complete and return the Respondent Information Form attached to the end of this document. This will ensure that we treat your response appropriately.

All respondents need to be aware that the Scottish Government is subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and would therefore have to consider any request made to it under the 2002 Act for information relating to responses made to this consultation exercise.

Next steps in the process

Where respondents have given permission for their response to be made public, and after we have checked that they contain no potentially defamatory material, responses will be made available to the public at If you use the consultation hub to respond, you will receive a copy of your response via email.

Following the closing date, all responses will be analysed and considered along with any other available evidence to help us. Responses will be published where we have been given permission to do so. An analysis report will also be made available.

Comments and complaints

If you have any comments about how this consultation exercise has been conducted, please send them to the contact address above or to

Scottish Government consultation process

Consultation is an essential part of the policymaking process. It gives us the opportunity to consider your opinion and expertise on a proposed area of work.

You can find all our consultations online: Each consultation details the issues under consideration, as well as a way for you to give us your views, either online, by email or by post.

Responses will be analysed and used as part of the decision making process, along with a range of other available information and evidence. We will publish a report of this analysis for every consultation. Depending on the nature of the consultation exercise, the responses received may:

  • indicate the need for policy development or review;
  • inform the development of a particular policy;
  • help decisions to be made between alternative policy proposals; and
  • be used to finalise legislation before it is implemented.

Whilst details of particular circumstances described in a response to a consultation exercise may usefully inform the policy process, consultation exercises cannot address individual concerns and comments. These should be directed to the relevant public body.



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