PRIVATIVE JURISDICTION LIMIT UPDATE
The Sheriff Courts (Scotland) Act 1971 (Privative Jurisdiction and Summary Cause) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/507 at http://www.opsi.gov.uk/legislation/scotland/ssi2007/20070507.htm), the statutory instrument increasing the limit for civil cases falling within the privative jurisdiction of the sheriff court (referred to no 678), has now been published. It was passed by the Scottish Parliament Justice committee at the same time as the Small Claims (Scotland) Amendment Order 2007 (SSI 2007/496) (see no 700) but was published a week later.
This instrument raises the limit of the privative jurisdiction of the sheriff court and the limit of the summary cause from £1500 to £5000. The new limit will come into force from 14 January 2008 and will not apply to cases commenced before that date.