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Monday
Sep242012

Court changes: case management and closures

Responding to proposals to introduce a mandatory case management hearing in family court proceedings involving section 11 orders (contact and residence), Families Need Fathers Scotland comments that case management needs to start at the outset of any court hearings, not just when the case is heading to a proof hearing.

 

We also point out that new procedures shoul acknowledge that people who represent themselves in court (party litigants) should be acknowledged in the new court rules. The procedures, forms and language used in court proceedings should be transparent and obvious for these party litigants and plain English information should be made available at all times, including when Sheriffs announe the outcome of hearings.

 

A consultation has just been announced about closure of some of the smaller Scottish courts.  Sheriff courts in Alloa, Cupar, Dingwall, Arbroath, Haddington, Stonehaven, Dornoch, Duns, Kirkcudbright and Rothesay are facing closure.

 

Concentrating services on the larger courts may make it easier to introduce specialised family sheriffs in all Scottish courts but it will be more difficult for people in the more remote parts of Scotland to attend hearings, making it even more important to streamline the management of court processes.