The Scottish Executive announced on 12 February 2007 that the Lord Justice Clerk Lord Gill is to head a wide-ranging review of Scotland’s civil courts and the way they work.  The review is aimed at ensuring that the civil justice system continues to provide an effective and efficient service for any individuals, families, communities and businesses who have cause to use it.  The review will provide a detailed examination of a number of areas including:

Making sure that cases are dealt with at the right level of the court system The way civil cases are handled and the time it takes to resolve them, particularly those cases where small sums are involved The current assumption that criminal cases get priority over civil cases How civil cases progress through the courts and who should be in control of the process