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PE01784: Review of the Sheriff Court Fees Order 2018


Petitioner: Gordon Edwards


Date Lodged: 05 February 2020

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to conduct a review of the Sheriff Court Fees Order 2018 to make self-litigation more accessible to disabled people. 

Petition History:

SPICe Briefing (99KB pdf) 


5 March 2020: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government. It also agreed to write to the Faculty of Advocates, the Law Society of Scotland, the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service and the Equality and Human Rights Commission in Scotland. Link to Official Report of Meeting 5 March 2020

Written submissions

PE1784/A: Equality and Human Rights Commission submission of 30 March 2020 (177KB pdf) 

PE1784/B: Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service submission of 6 April 2020 (155KB pdf)

PE1784/C Faculty of Advocates submission of 14 April 2020 (224KB pdf)

PE1784/D: Scottish Government Submission of 17 July 2020 (112KB pdf)

PE1784/E: Petitioner submission of 24 July 2020 (150KB pdf)

• Have you ever wanted to lodge an application to self-litigate but been unable to afford the court fees set out by the Scottish Government?

• Do you feel that self-litigation is a constitutional right?

• Do the current rules for fee exemption mean that some groups find it more difficult to self-litigate than others?


I support ending the exclusion of Disabled people in the Justice System.

Daniel Donaldson

11:38 on 05 Feb 2020

As a lawyer, I support a full review of how the rules of court and the table of fees affect access to justice.

Daniel Donaldson

14:57 on 31 Jan 2020

Time to change things for good.

Jack A Morrison

18:56 on 08 Jan 2020

Time for change so mental health can be supported in court.

Alexander williams

16:54 on 08 Jan 2020

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