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Civil Judicial Statistics Scotland, 2010-11. 8 December 2011. Contents. Background Current publication Results from current publication Dissemination Work going forward. Background. Publication suspended after Civil Judicial Statistics Scotland 2002

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contents
Contents
  • Background
  • Current publication
  • Results from current publication
  • Dissemination
  • Work going forward
background
Background
  • Publication suspended after Civil Judicial Statistics Scotland 2002
    • lack of precision in the definition of data items
    • inconsistent across the 49 sheriff courts
    • data unreliable and potentially misleading
  • Scottish Court Service and SG worked together to address data quality issues
  • Publication reinstated in December 2010
    • Improved data quality
    • Consistent data recording
    • 2010 publication contained 2008-09 and 2009-10 data
2010 11 publication what is different
2010-11 publication - What is different?
  • Thematic layout and improved sign posting
  • Increased use of contextual information:
    • Results from Scottish Crime and Justice Survey included
      • (2009-10 results, 2010-11 results published 1/11/10)
    • Scottish Legal Aid
    • Mid-year population estimates
    • Court structure diagram
  • Extra tables:
    • Supplementary time series tables (2008-09 to 2010-11) published alongside publication
    • Interactive dataset published
  • Consultation released with publication
presentation issues addressed
Presentation issues addressed
  • Accessibility requirements
    • Colour scheme chosen to maximise accessibility
    • Text now left-aligned rather than justified
    • Publication made available as a Word file
  • Improved presentation
    • Shading added to tables
    • Charts and diagrams added
court of session 2010 11
Court of Session – 2010-11
  • Court of Session
    • 5,176 cases initiated (down 16 per cent)
    • 4,291 cases disposed of

(down 1 per cent)

sheriff courts 2010 11
Sheriff courts – 2010-11
  • Sheriff Courts
    • 92,308 cases initiated (down 17 per cent)
    • 87,504 cases disposed of

(down 17 per cent)

legal aid 2010 11
Legal Aid: 2010-11
  • Civil legal aid spending in the Court of Session was £8.94m, an increase of 3 per cent since 2009-10
  • Civil legal aid spending in the sheriff courts was £29.8m, an increase of 15 per cent since 2009-10
  • The number of grants for legal aid has increased over the past three years due to the impact of the recession
dissemination strategy
Dissemination strategy
  • E-mail notification went out to ScotStat users
  • Statistical news release published on SG website
  • Two twitter announcements on @SGJusticeAnalys went out with publication
  • Presenting to internal and external colleagues, including Justice Analytical Services user day
  • Picked up by various groups
going forward
Going forward?
  • Collecting responses from users
  • More contextual information
  • Include results from other surveys and data collections
  • Improved data
    • Working with the SCS
ordinary procedure cases
Ordinary procedure cases
  • The number of ordinary procedure cases has continued to fall in 2010-11
  • Largest drop in ordinary cause cases, but little change in the number of commercial and family cases initiated
overview of civil courts
Overview of civil courts
  • Court of Session - highest civil court in Scotland
  • Sheriff Courts - local courts, dealing with both criminal and civil business, as well as commissary work
  • Justice of the Peace (JP) courts - local courts, dealing with lower-level criminal and civil cases
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Court of Session based in Edinburgh

  • 49 sheriff courts across Scotland, grouped into six sheriffdoms
differences across sheriffdoms1
Differences across sheriffdoms
  • Fewer cases were initiated and disposed in each sheriffdom in 2010-11
    • Largest fall in Lothian and Borders (24% fewer cases initiated, 24% fewer cases disposed)
    • Smallest change in cases initiated seen in Grampian, Highlands and Islands (down 12%)
    • Smallest change in cases disposed seen in North Strathclyde (down 9%)
  • Glasgow and Strathkelvin has dealt with the most cases per 1,000 population, with around 30% more than any other sheriffdom
debt cases
Debt cases
  • The number of debt cases initiated and disposed of continued to fall across all procedural levels of the sheriff courts
  • One possible reason for this is the economic downturn
repossession cases
Repossession cases
  • Ordinary cause cases initiated down by almost half - due to new legislation
  • Smaller fall in disposed cases partly due to RBS vs Wilson judgment
  • The fall in summary cause cases is thought to be due to a change in the way that some local authorities deal with rent arrears
family cases 2010 11
Family cases 2010-11
  • Almost all family cases are raised in the sheriff courts
  • Family cases account for 16 per cent of cases initiated in the sheriff courts
  • Over three-quarters of cases initiated are for divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership
personal injury
Personal Injury
  • Personal injury cases make up more than half of the cases processed in the Court of Session
    • New ruling on pleural plaques released after publication sent to publishers
  • Most personal injury cases are for something other than an asbestos-related condition or clinical negligence
commissary
Commissary
  • Ordinary estate figures for 2010-11 similar to those for 2008-09
  • Number of small estates confirmed continues to fall
scottish crime and justice survey
Scottish Crime and Justice Survey
  • 28% of respondents had experienced at least one civil law problem in the last three years
  • 49% of those who had experienced a problem had solved that problem - 7% had given up trying, while 6% were not doing anything towards solving the problem
2010 11 publication
2010-11 publication
  • Published on 25 October 2011
  • Based on the 2009-10 publication
  • Several changes and improvements...
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