Civil clarification

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In AN article about the proposals for civil courts reform and the new £150,000 threshold (28 February), you state that sheriffs have previously only dealt with very low-value cases. That statement is incorrect. There is currently no upper limit to the value of a civil case that may be raised in the sheriff court.

Cases with a value of considerably more than £150,000 are dealt with daily in sheriff courts. The threshold (called the privative 
jurisdiction) means that cases up to that amount cannot be raised in the Court of Session and must be raised in the sheriff court. It does not mean that cases above that amount cannot be raised in the sheriff court.

Sheriff NMP Morrison QC

President

Sheriffs’ Association

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