A Bill to make provision about the sheriff courts; to establish a Sheriff Appeal Court; to make provision about civil court procedure; to make provision about appeals in civil proceedings; to make provision about appeals in criminal proceedings; to make provision about justice of the peace courts; to rename the Scottish Court Service and give it functions in relation to tribunals; and for connected purposes.
Current Status of the Bill
The Bill was passed by the Parliament on 7 October 2014, and received Royal Assent on 6 May 2015.
Introduction of the Bill
This Government Bill was introduced by Kenny MacAskill MSP on 6 February 2014.
Research Briefings on Bill
Stage 1 debate took place on 21 May 2014.
Lead Committee: Justice
5th Report, 2014 (Session 4): Stage 1 Report on the Courts Reform (Scotland) Bill (1.366MB pdf)
Dates of consideration by Lead Committee:
18 February 2014
25 March 2014
1 April 2014 (evidence)
22 April 2014 (evidence)
29 April 2014 (evidence)
6 May 2014
Dates of consideration by other Committees:
19 February 2014 (Finance)
1 April 2014 (Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee)
20 May 2014 (Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee)
The Justice Committee considered the Bill at Stage 2.
Stage 2 (Day 1), 10 June 2014
Stage 2 (Day 2), 17 June 2014
After Stage 2
7 October 2014 (Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee)
Stage 3 Proceedings took place on 7 October 2014.
Passage of the Bill:
Received Royal Assent on 10 November 2014.
Courts Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 asp 18
The following volume, published on 6 May 2015, contains all the material relevant to the passage of this Bill: