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The Scottish Government's legislative programme for 2013-2014 has been announced by Alex Salmond MSP, First Minister of Scotland.

Name of Bill

Type of Bill

Current stage

Proposed Apologies (Scotland) Bill

Proposal for Members’ Bill

Consultation on proposed Bill closed. APIL’s response can be viewed here.

Proposed Inquiries into Deaths (Scotland) Bill

Proposal for Members’ Bill

Consultation on the proposed Bill is still open. APIL's response can be viewed here.

Courts Reform (Scotland) Bill

Government Bill

The Bill has cleared stage 3 and is waiting for Royal Assent.

APIL's evidence to the justice committee can be found here. APIL evidence to the finance committee can be found here.

The stage 1 debate in the Scottish Parliament will took place on Wednesday 21 May. APIL's briefing for the debate can be found here.

Courts Reform (Scotland) Bill

The Courts Reform (Scotland) Bill was introduced into the Scottish Parliament on 6 February 2014. The Bill seeks to increase the limit of the value of a claim in the sheriff court from £5,000 to £150,000, effectively meaning the end of the Court of Session as a court of first instance for personal injury cases.

APIL welcomes many of the proposals in principle, but has argued that a limit of £30,000, instead of £150,000, would deliver substantial change to the court system without effectively barring the Court of Session to most injured people.

Ronnie Conway, APIL co-ordinator in Scotland, has appeared before both the justice and finance committees of the Scottish Parliament, and told members of the justice committee that a lack of resources for the proposals would cause a ‘train wreck’.

The justice committee was told that the reforms appear to be seriously under-funded, there are to be no new sheriffs to take on the additional cases from the Court of Session, and that in effect, the proposals were simply “moving pieces on a chess board”.

Footage of Ronnie Conway’s evidence to the committees is available to view below. Transcript of the evidence to the justice committee can be read here, and transcript of the evidence to the finance committee can be read here.

Justice Committee

Finance Committee



Get Involved
We always welcome input from our members and have found this a great help in the past, particularly with our campaign on the small claims court. If you would like any more information on our current campaigns, or how you can get involved and help us fight for the rights of injured people, please contact Sam Ellis, parliamentary officer on 0115 943 5426 or by clicking here.

APIL members can read more about our campaign activity in our membership publications.
 

Parliamentary Officer

Sam Ellis
0115 943 5426
sam.ellis@apil.org.uk

Campaigns

Tailgating campaign Tailgating achieves nothing but an increase in the potential for painful injuries for the innocent driver in front, and a higher insurance premium for the offender.
Whiplash campaign Most people who suffer whiplash injuries are honest. And whiplash certainly isn’t the ‘epidemic’ it is often portrayed to be.