The civil justice system exists to give people and organisations a way to protect and enforce their legal rights. It deals with issues such as accident claims, divorce and contractual disputes. The criminal justice system exists to prosecute (and, where found guilty, sentence) those accused of crimes.
This briefing looks at issues to do with taking legal action in the civil courts. Another SPICe briefing, “Civil Justice – Civil Courts and Tribunals” – describes the structure of civil courts and tribunals in Scotland.
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Published: 7 December 2016