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Actions for recovery of heritable property raised in Scotland: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.


Information requested

You asked for the number of summary cause actions during the periods:

1st April 2018 and 30th March 2019
1st April 2019 and 30th March 2020
1st April 2020 and 30th March 2021

1. a) How many Summary Cause actions for recovery of heritable property raised in Scotland were undefended actions?

b) How many Decrees for recovery of heritable property were granted in Scotland in relation both to defended and undefended proceedings?

2 a) How many Summary Cause actions for recovery of heritable property raised in Glasgow were undefended actions?

b) How many Decrees for recovery of heritable property were granted Glasgow in relation both to defended and undefended proceedings?

Response

With regards to your first question, Justice Analytical Services cannot produce any further subsets of the requested information beyond what we published in our Civil justice statistics in Scotland bulletins already referred to in the response from SCTS. We therefore cannot pull out the exact numbers of defended and undefended actions for Scotland and Glasgow from the records we hold.

We have now published statistics covering the period 1st April 2020 to 31st March 2021 for Scotland on our website. Please refer to Table 24 within Civil justice statistics in Scotland 2020-21 - Main Tables Supporting documents - Civil justice statistics in Scotland 2020-21 - gov.scot (www.gov.scot).

Below I produce an equivalent table for Glasgow and Strathkelvin Sheriffdom for the periods requested.

Summary cause eviction cases initiated and disposed of in Glasgow and Strathkelvin, by disposal category, 2018-19 to 2020-21

Financial Year

Initiated

Disposed

Absolvitor

For pursuer defended

For pursuer undefended

Decree by default

Dismissed

2018-19

1,456

1,340

1

84

729

18

508

2019-20

1,286

1,179

0

74

631

7

466

2020-21

176

340

0

27

92

0

221

1) Figures for initiations and disposals do not necessarily refer to the same cases. Some disposals could be from previous financial years.

(2) There might be very small differences in numbers initiated to those supplied by SCTS due to their data being extracted from a live operational case management system. Our published data would be correct on the date it was extracted.

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