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All-Scotland Sheriff Personal Injury Court  

with National Jurisdiction

The All-Scotland Sheriff Personal Injury Court was established on 22nd September 2015 out of the recommendations of the Report of the Scottish Civil Courts Review, led by Lord Gill. A key element of the new Court is the quick and efficient disposal of motions by electronic means, allowing for email intimation and submission of motions and interlocutors. It also provides clerks of court with a quasi-judicial function to consider and grant motions of a common and straightforward nature. Regular practitioners of the Court of Session will recognise this approach as nearly identical to the highly successful scheme established with the formation of the Court of Session Court Motions Team in 2010. The procedures of the All-Scotland Sheriff Personal Injury Court are available to legal practitioners throughout Scotland, including individuals acting on their own behalf. Where every party to a cause is represented by a solicitor, the electronic motions procedure will apply unless a solicitor declares to the Sheriff Clerk that they do not have suitable facilities for transacting motion business by email.

The sheriffs appointed to hear cases in the All-Scotland Sheriff Personal Injury Court are: Sheriff Robert Fife, Sheriff Peter Braid, Sheriff Gordon Liddle, Sheriff Kathrine Mackie, Sheriff Kenneth McGowan and Sheriff Fiona Reith QC.

In line with the current procedure of the local Sheriff Court at Edinburgh, when an action has settled, agents (usually the pursuers' agents) should lodge a completed Personal Injury Action Settled  (PIAS) form with the Personal Injury Clerk, preferably by e-mail to nationalpicourt@scotcourts.gov.uk. Guidance Notes relating to the form are attached. Use of the form should reduce the need for unnecessary 'by order' hearings when actions have settled and should avoid agents having to appear to discharge proofs In order to join the electronic motions procedure please refer to the following guidance.

Please note that all motions must be sent to national.motions@scotcourts.gov.uk.

Download a copy of the form of motion (G6A) or form of opposition (G9A).