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)
Report by the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee on the Bill at Stage 1
Report by the Finance Committee on the Financial Memorandum
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)
Report by the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee on the Bill as Amended at Stage 2
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: